The Utah Domestic Violence Coalition advocates and organizes for the needs of survivors of domestic violence and our member programs. This advocacy and organizing are achieved through collaboration and engagement with our members throughout the policy process, facilitating connection with legislators, educating stakeholders on issues about DV, and participating in committees and working groups. We are happy to announce that we have developed a strong public policy committee this year, please read below for function, purpose, members & priority recommendations:
UDVC 2022 Public Policy Priorities
The UDVC 2021-22 Public Policy Committee recommended the 2022 public policy priorities listed below, by priority tier level, which has been approved by the UDVC board. Each priority tier includes three POLICY AREAS, and each area includes one or more bills/appropriations requests as listed on the 2022 UDVC bill tracker. Policy Areas are defined as follows:
- Access to Core DV Services – shelter-based services, victim advocacy, and related support
- DV Survivor Safety & Stability – physical and emotional safety, as well as financial stability
- DV Offender Treatment & Accountability – treatment, supervision, and related services
- Sexual Violence – statewide resources, victim advocacy, prevention programming, and offending issues
- Victim Advocacy – crime victim services and advocacy, not specific to domestic or sexual violence
- Criminal Justice – Criminal justice issues with potential impact, but not specific to the above issues
- Other Impact – other issues that may impact DV survivors and/or service providers
Tier 1 Policy Priorities: (priority domestic violence issue, UDVC leading or significantly involved in advocacy)
a. ACCESS TO CORE DV SERVICES: Advocate for policies that improve statewide access to victim advocacy and related core services for domestic violence survivors and their families.
b. DV SURVIVOR SAFETY & STABILITY: Advocate for policies that are the most likely to increase safety and stability for survivors of domestic violence.
c. DV OFFENDER TREATMENT & ACCOUNTABILITY: Advocate for policies that improve and expand treatment for domestic violence offenders in order to increase accountability and safety, and decrease the likelihood of causing future harm.
Tier 2 Policy Priorities: (significant domestic violence issue, UDVC participating in advocacy as requested and as capacity allows)
a. ACCESS TO CORE DV SERVICES: Support policies that improve and expand the statewide response to domestic violence victims/survivors.
b. DV SURVIVOR SAFETY & STABILITY: Assess policy proposals for impact on domestic violence and support those that protect victim safety and/or increase survivor stability.
c. DV OFFENDER TREATMENT & ACCOUNTABILITY: Provide victim advocacy perspective on bills related to domestic violence offender supervision and related criminal justice policy changes.
Tier 3 Policy Priorities: (issue indirectly related to domestic violence or directly related but lower impact, position requested, UDVC tracking but not significantly involved in advocacy)
a. SEXUAL VIOLENCE: Contribute to advocacy efforts that advance statewide violence prevention education and access to victim services and resources.
b. VICTIM ADVOCACY and CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Track, assess, and provide coalition perspective on criminal justice policy proposals that may impact domestic violence survivors and service providers.
c. OTHER IMPACT: Track and assess other policy proposals that may impact domestic violence survivors.
Public Policy Committee
UDVC’s membership-based Public Policy Committee is charged with advocating for the needs of domestic violence survivors and service providers, one of the four essential areas of the organization’s work to advocate, collaborate, educate, and connect. The Committee guides UDVC’s advocacy for public policy-making that enhances victim/survivor safety and empowerment, strengthens accountability, promotes prevention efforts, and ensures the prompt availability and accessibility of services for victims of domestic violence across the state of Utah. The Public Policy Committee also supports UDVC and domestic violence service providers’ advocacy for state and federal appropriations to ensure that services that are delivered appropriately, in line with best practices on trauma-informed care, and in a manner that preserves human dignity and overcomes cultural, linguistic, and economic barriers to the receipt of such services.
Public Policy Members
Committee membership is open to all UDVC Members but must be proportionately representative of the primary purpose domestic violence service providers, as licensed by the Utah Department of Health and Human Services. Other stakeholders who support UDVC’s mission and purpose may also be approved to join the Committee through a simple majority vote of Committee Members present. Committee votes are restricted to UDVC Members.