Domestic Violence Services

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P.O. Box 1220
Port Townsend,
WA 98368

Phone: 360.385.9180
Criminal Fax: 360.385.0073
Civil Fax: 360.385.9186

Monday - Friday
9:00 to 5:00



In 1995, former Prosecutor David Skeen identified the lack of long term services to victims of domestic violence as a serious deficiency in the countyís criminal justice system. A related problem was the need to provide specialized prosecution for this area of crime for adult and juvenile courts to focus additional resources on certain violent cases classified as a "Most Serious Offense" by RCW 9.94A.030(23); a "Persistent Offender" case as defined by RCW 9.94A.030(27); a "Violent Offense" as defined by RCW 9.94A.030(38); or Fourth Degree Assault cases involving domestic violence.

Using a small amount of money available from the Crime Victimís Fund, the Prosecutorís Office contracted with the Domestic Violence-Sexual Assault Program of Jefferson County to counsel all victims of domestic violence at the time the offender was arraigned in District Court. This counseling is intended to discuss options for providing assistance to the victim, and to create a plan for meeting the long-term needs of the victim and any children of the parties.

Additional domestic violence services are provided by the District Court Probation Department staff who interviews an alleged domestic violence offender after arrest, but prior to prior to arraignment in court, to provide the arraignment judge and prosecutor with a "Bail Study". By setting bail conditions based on a thorough study of the defendantís history, patterns of violence and chemical dependency, the bail study is one tool toward the goal that no further harm will occur to the victim, any children of the parties, or any witness.

Both programs have been successful in reducing repeat incidents of violence during the pendency of a case.

The Prosecutorís Office considers the charging and aggressive prosecution those adult and juvenile offenders in our community who commit sexually motivated or domestic violence criminal acts to be one of the most important criminal justice priorities in the office. This includes any type of criminal offense involving sexual or domestic violence assault against an adult or child.


Q. How does someone make a complaint or file a crime report?

A. Call your nearest law enforcement agency.

Q. How is a restraining order filed?

A. Information on how to file a restraining order is available in the County Clerk's Office.

Q. Where should people go to get legal advice on personal matters?

A. They should contact a private attorney.

Q. Where should people go to get advice on what to do about a potentially criminal situation?

A. The Prosecutor's Office cannot give advice. Citizens should contact a law enforcement agency or an attorney if they wish to file criminal charges or need advice in this area.

Q. Does the Prosecutor's Office provide copies of police reports?

A. No. Reports are obtained through the affected law enforcement agency.

Q. How can someone find out about court date times?

A. That information is available through the County Clerk's Office.

Q. How can someone find out who the defense attorney is on a particular criminal case?

A. That information is available through either the County Clerk's Office in the case of felony cases or with the District Court in the case of misdemeanors.

Q. Where are the various courts located? (Divorce Court, Custody Court, etc.)

A. The court locations are posted each Wednesday in the Courthouse elevator.




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