Leaders look to educate public on domestic violence

October is recognized as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This year in western Washington, the campaign has extra urgency. 32 people in King County died in connection with domestic violence last year, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. That’s the highest number of DV deaths ever since the prosecutor’s office began tracking the data in 1997. The office’s Data and Analytics Unit said prosecutors have received 1,111 felony domestic violence referrals from police so far in 2023, in which 14 people have died.