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Increases in Domestic Violence Related Deaths in Utah Result in One-Time Funding and Specialized Training to Assess and Prevent Risk of Serious Injury or Homicide

Salt Lake City, Utah – In the first six months of 2015 there were 13 domestic violence related homicides in Utah; an average of two preventable deaths each month.

“We must remember, these are not just numbers, they are human lives. They are mothers, daughters, sisters and children whose lives should have been protected and saved,” said Chief Greg Butler, Woods Cross Police Department.

In a proactive attempt to prevent domestic violence related homicides in their community, in 2014, the Woods Cross Police Department received training and began utilizing the Lethality Assessment Protocol – an evidence-based tool that helps law enforcement and community professionals assess risk of serious injury or homicide by an intimate partner. Additionally, the Lethality Assessment Protocol (LAP) connects those at risk to local services.

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UDVC in Washington DC: Advocates from Over 40 States Descend on Capitol Hill to Call for Funding and Legislation to Address Domestic Violence

National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) hosts Advocacy Days Conference during its 25th anniversary celebration

Washington, D.C. – This week, NNEDV is hosting its annual Advocacy Days Conference to advocate for improved legislation and increased funding to prevent and end domestic violence. NNEDV is celebrating its 25thanniversary this year, reflecting on the progress that has been made for survivors as well as the barriers that still exist.

Coalition leaders and victim advocates from most U.S. states and territories are in Washington, DC to meet with lawmakers and promote key legislative priorities. The Advocacy Day Conference is a chance for leaders from each state to meet with their Members of Congress to discuss vital funding and legislative concerns in order to better respond to domestic violence. These include desperately needed funding for victim service programs under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA), and the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). 

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Utah declared by Governor

October 1st 2014 : Press Release

October is nationally recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Utah is also lending its voice to speak out about this pervasive and life threatening crime that affects the very core of communities, families and individuals.

Governor Herbert has officially announced that October 2014 is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Utah in a gubernatorial declaration delivered to the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition (UDVC). Kendra Wyckoff, Executive Director of the Coalition, expressed her gratitude to the Governor for recognizing the impact of domestic violence in our state and the need to raise awareness both of the issue itself and the challenges that survivors face to find compassion, comfort and healing after being exposed to a crime that violates an individual's dignity, self-worth, physical and emotional security.

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Response to James Taranto's WSJ Editorial on Rape

In a deeply irresponsible Wall Street Journal editorial, columnist James Taranto championed the perceived plight of college men who are (or could be) accused of sexually assaulting an intoxicated female, particularly when the men are themselves intoxicated. Alcohol consumption and sexual assault are realities on college campuses nationwide, and it’s an important conversation to have. In having the conversation, however, it’s important to be armed with facts.

Fact 1: Men who rape use alcohol and intoxication to commit their crimes.

Fact 2: Men who rape are often “good guys” in the community’s eyes.

Fact 3: Rape is not a reaction to regret or miscommunication. It’s a crime.

Fact 4: Being raped while intoxicated is traumatic.

Fact 5: Ending rape is not about being male or female. It’s about being human.

Please read the entire response from Monika Johnson Hostler, The National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, Board President

2014 DV Awareness Night with the Utah Grizzlies

The Utah Domestic Violence Coalition (UDVC) invites you to join us for DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS NIGHT with the Utah Grizzlies at the Maverick Center on Friday, April 11th at 7:00p.m.

Discounted tickets are available for $15.

A portion of each ticket will be donated to the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition to support our mission of creating a state where domestic violence is intolerable. Proceeds will be utilized to support the Domestic Violence LINKLine, the statewide domestic violence hotline, and the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition.

DISCOUNTED TICKETS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE BOX OFFICE.

To purchase discounted tickets, please contact:
Hildegard Koenig
E-mail:
Phone: 801-521-5544 / 801-554-3481

Register for the Inclusive Spaces Workshop

The Utah Domestic Violence Coalition is delighted to announce that its first collaborative workshop with the Inclusion Center for Community and Justice.

This day long workshop is FREE and open to anyone working in the domestic violence field as well as community members.

Register now, it's free!

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