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.
If you need assistance with the forms you can call the Pierce County Crisis Line at 1-800-576-7764.
Toll Free: 1-800-764-2420
Legal Hotline: 253-365-6352
24/7 Hotline: 253-383-2593