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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).