Utah Policy Watch
Utah Domestic Violence Coalition is committed to creating a state where domestic and sexual violence are intolerable. We work diligently to affect federal, state and local policies and procedures for the benefit of victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence, children who witness family violence, and teens who have experienced dating violence.
Utah Domestic Violence Coalition regularly collaborates with other community programs to include, but not limited to:
- Utah's 22 local domestic violence coalitions
- Victim advocates
- State agencies
- Local, state and federal policy makers
- Law enforcement
- Medical professionals
- Treatment providers
Teaming with our many community partners we:
- Support and promote legislation and practices that enhance the safety of victims, survivors and their families
- Promote trauma-informed, evidence-based best practices and policies
- Research and analyze proposed legislation
- Recommend and advocate for legislative changes and/or funding
- Examine best practices and policies being used nationally and provide education and support on adapting these best practices and policies to best serve Utah
- Provide expert testimony
- Educate policy makers, key stakeholders and the community on the impacts of domestic and sexual violence
Utah Domestic Violence Coalition also provides technical support to our member programs (link to member programs) and resources to our partners to ensure compliance with state and federal laws.
Community partners and members of the community are invited and encouraged to participate in public policy discussions.
Follow us on social media, where we often share information about policies, training, meetings and media specific to domestic and sexual violence in Utah and across the nation.
Read Utah's 2016 Legislative Session Report
State domestic violence laws can be found at le.utah.gov. Key words to consider when searching for domestic violence related statute are detailed below:
- domestic violence
- protective order
- cohabitant abuse
- presence of a child
- vulnerable adult abuse
Also available on le.utah.gov is a calendar of past and upcoming legislative meetings and hearings, information on how a bill becomes a law, audits and state budget details.
Utah Division of Child and Family Services maintains policy on Emergency Domestic Violence Center and Crisis Counseling.
Federal domestic violence laws and the enforcement of these laws have been compiled by the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse - their electronic clearinghouse provides a good overview of national statute and policies.
Additionally, federal laws can be found at congress.gov.