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The Pierce County Sheriff's Department Domestic Violence Unit is comprised of detectives and deputies whose responsibility is to investigate domestic violence related crimes - including assaults, property damage, court order violations, rapes, threats, custodial interference and others. Additionally, unit members serve as liaisons to health care providers, advocacy groups and social agencies to improve identification and reporting of existing instances of domestic violence and develop prevention strategies linking law enforcement and community efforts.
The Domestic Violence Unit is located in the Family Justice Center at 718 Court E in downtown Tacoma. For more information on domestic violence, please read the Victim's Rights pamphlet.
If you are the victim of domestic violence, you can ask the city or county prosecuting attorney to file a criminal complaint. You also have the right to file a petition in superior, district, or municipal court requesting an order for protection from domestic abuse which could include any of the following:
- An order restraining your abuser from further acts of abuse
- An order directing your abuser to leave your household
- An order preventing your abuser from entering your residence, school, business, or place of employment
- An order awarding you or the other parent custody of, or visitation with, your minor child or children; and
- An order restraining your abuser from molesting or interfering with minor children in your custody.
- An order requiring your abuser to turn in any firearms and concealed pistol license in the abuser's possession or control to law enforcement and prohibit the abuser from possessing or accessing firearms or a concealed pistol license for the duration of the order.
An Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) directs a person to surrender their firearms and makes it illegal to purchase or have control of firearms. It can be filed against a person who poses a significant danger of causing personal injury to self or others in the near future by having firearms. A petition can be filed by a person who is a family or household member of the respondent or a law enforcement agency.
View the Extreme Risk Protection Order Forms
If you need assistance with the forms you can call the Pierce County Crisis Line at 1-800-576-7764.
VINE is a free and anonymous computer-based service that provies victims of crime two important services: information and notification on the custody status of an inmate.
For offender custody information, call 1-877-846-3492 and follow the prompts. Callers can search the database and will quickly receive information on whther the inmate is still in custody. Victims may call VINE from any phone at any time to check on an inmate's custody status.
Callers may also choose to regsiter for an automated notification call when an inmate is released, transferred, or in the event of an escape. To register, caller simply enter the phone number (including area code) where they wanted to be reached. Callers will then be asked to enter a PIN number for use during notification. The service will automatically call when the inmate is released, transferred or in the event of an escape.
Toll Free: 1-800-764-2420
Legal Hotline: 253-365-6352
24/7 Hotline: 253-383-2593