Founded in 1978 by the Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS), the UDVC was initially formed as a community forum to start the necessary dialogue about domestic violence in the state of Utah. The UDVC incorporated in 1993, and in 1994 the Council became independent of DCFS. In 1998 the UDVC was designated as a 501c3 not-for-profit organization.
The UDVC is recognized nationally as the state domestic violence coalition in Utah, therefore it receives two thirds of it’s funding from a federal Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) state coalition grant. The other one third of the UDVC’s total funding comes from a Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) grant. This grant is currently for outreach to underserved communities.
Currently the UDVC is comprised of 36 voting members, it employs three staff and has 13 working committees. The Council also works closely with and provides funding for Utah’s 23 local coalitions, as well as collaborating with and providing resources and information to many individuals and agencies.
The UDVC’s unique status as both a grass roots open community forum and a not-for-profit Council as well as it’s local and national relationships allow it to function with extraordinary efficiency and effectiveness. Throughout the past 25 years the UDVC has shown extraordinary achievement in becoming the leader of the collaborative statewide effort to eliminate domestic violence.
The Utah Domestic Violence Council would like to extend an open invitation to everyone to attend our Council and Committee meetings and to apply for membership if desired. The Council meets the third Tuesday of each month, except December. For more information please contact the UDVC office at (801) 521-5544.
Stewart Ralphs, UDVC Chair