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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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Dreamers Foundation Presents "From Darkness To Light"

Dreamers’ Foundation 2nd Annual Event is raising funds for the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition this year. Join us for this grand event which includes an art auctio and raffles! Entertainment is unbelievable, we have an aerialist, hip hop crew, DJ and fashion show! You will not want to miss this cocktail party event.

Purchase tickets: "From Darkness to Light" on October 17th, 2015 to support the ongoing work of this life changing organization.  Download the flier. Visit Dreamers Foundation.

Utah’s 24th Annual Domestic Violence Conference

October 28-30, 2015 – Provo, Utah 

“Many Voices: One Commitment”

Celebrating the Many Voices Committed to creating safer communities for us all. Featuring keynote speaker Judy Benitez, Deputy Director, Transitional Housing Program, National Network to End Domestic Violence.

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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.

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).