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Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence

David Martin

Liaison from the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys

David Martin is a Senior Deputy Prosecutor for the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (KCPAO) in Seattle, Washington.  He serves as supervisor of the KCPAO Domestic Violence (DV) unit, co-manager of the King County Regional Domestic Violence Firearms Enforcement Unit, and a Fulbright Specialist.  Most of his 23-year career as a prosecutor has been spent in the Domestic Violence Unit.

David has created innovative responses to serve victims of DV from the first evidence rule on immigration to systemic provision of civil legal aid in criminal cases to diversion and sentence alternatives for offenders with past histories of gender violence victimization.  David serves on numerous DV task forces and work groups, is co-chair of the national Association of Prosecuting Attorney’s Domestic Violence Committee.  David has authored several of Washington's criminal DV laws including removal of the marital rape exception, stalking reform, batterer treatment, felony DV sentencing reform, strangulation, and repeat DV assault. He is coauthor of Washington’s statewide DV prosecution manual, articles on strangulation, and recantation.  David has served on the board of multiple community based domestic violence organizations.  He provides training and consultation on DV issues locally, nationally, and internationally.

David is the recipient of the Prosecuting Attorney's Outstanding Trial Advocacy award, Lifewire Norm Maleng award, Consejo Founder’s Award, Coalition Ending Gender Based Violence System Change award.