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Lethality Assessments are Providing High Risk Victims of Domestic Violence Immediate Opportunities to Increase Their Safety

Hundreds of lives are saved due to evidence-based Lethality Assessment Program.

Salt Lake City, Utah – More than 150 lethality assessments have been initiated with victims of domestic violence in Utah since implementation of the Lethality Assessment Program in July. The majority of individuals screened were found to be at high risk of danger. As a result, they were immediately connected with a domestic violence advocate, accessed services and, in many cases, removed themselves from high danger situations.

“The Lethality Assessment Program is good for Utah,” said Representative Edward Redd. “It connects victims of domestic violence, who are at high risk of danger – specifically homicide – with life-saving services. Additionally, the protocol reduces risks for all parties involved in domestic and intimate partner violence situations.”

Hundreds of law enforcement, victim services, criminal justice and social services professionals have been trained on the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) and hundreds more await training and desire participation. Currently, seven law enforcement agencies and eight victim services providers in four pilot regions across the State are utilizing the protocol. Although not one of the pilot agencies, Woods Cross Police Department is also implementing the LAP.

“LAP has improved our relationship with community partners and, subsequently, has improved outcomes for individuals and families,” said Detective J.C. Holt of West Jordan Police Department. “We recently had the opportunity to help a victim of severe violence and stalking by offering her and her family a safe place to stay for a few weeks. She now knows we are all here to support her and her family.” 

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Free, Confidential 24-Hour Hotline: 1-800-897-LINK (5465)

Our Mission: Creating a state where domestic and sexual violence are intolerable.

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month Provides Utahns Multiple Opportunities to Be Informed and to Become a Part of the Solution

Salt Lake City, Utah – Domestic and intimate partner violence impacts the lives of thousands of Utahns each year; nationally, millions are impacted.

For the next thirty-one days – October 1 thru October 31 – individuals across the nation will be seeing and hearing a lot about domestic violence: the signs, support options, safe resources, and the need for trauma-informed responses and common-sense gun legislation. A dedicated ‘Week of Action’ will take place October 19-23 with daily call-to-action activities designed to increase awareness and safety.

Utah Domestic Violence Coalition is partnering with prevention and care providers, law enforcement officials, sports teams, communities, and nationally known advocates to promote awareness and to engage the community in the effort to stop domestic and intimate partner violence in Utah.

“Domestic violence thrives when we are silent,” said Liz Watson, associate director of Utah Domestic Violence Coalition. “When we take a stand, and work together, we can end domestic violence.”

A calendar detailing events across the state is available online:

Events will also be shared on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Additionally, attached is a document detailing free public screenings of “Private Violence,” a HBO documentary that explores the deadly impact of domestic violence in the place women should feel the most safe – their homes. Kit Gruelle, the victim advocate featured in the documentary, will be in attendance at all screenings and will be available for media interviews. Q&A with Gruelle and local community partners will follow each screening.

Utah Statistics:

Free, Confidential 24-Hour Hotline: 1-800-897-LINK (5465)

Our Mission: Creating a state where domestic and sexual violence are intolerable.

Download Press Release