Salt Lake City, UT – In less than one week’s time, two high-profile incidents in Salt Lake County—one involving a fatality and the other initially believed to be an abduction—share one common factor: domestic violence.
The first, and fatal, incident occurred earlier this week when law enforcement responded to a domestic violence call involving a mother and son in Murray. The second incident occurred last night at a gas station in South Salt Lake and initially appeared to be an abduction of a female minor; after locating and meeting with the victim, law enforcement professionals determined the incident to be domestic-violence related, involving two adults.
Both of these incidents are a strong reminder of the prevalence of domestic and intimate partner violence in our community, and of the importance of early intervention and prevention.
Including resources when reporting or sharing information about these and similar abusive incidents is a simple and effective way to connect victims, survivors, and their loved ones with support, treatment and, in some cases, emergency shelter.
Below is a message we encourage the media and the public to share/include:
Free and confidential help and support for victims and survivors of domestic or intimate partner violence is available 24/7:
If you or someone else is in immediate danger, or in an emergency, please call 9-1-1 immediately.