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Every year approximately 80 Utah children witness the murder or attempted murder of their mother.


Since 2000, at least 42% of adult homicides in Utah were domestic violence related.


Between 2010 and 2013:    

  • 88% of domestic violence homicide perpetrators were male
  • A firearm was the weapon in 59% of the cases
  • 39% of perpetrators had a criminal domestic violence history
  • 22% of these murderers were previously ordered to “treatment” by the court
  • In 22% of the cases, children were either involved or witnessed the homicide
  • 34% of the perpetrators died by suicide after the homicide

Lastly, between 2010 and 2013, there was an active protective order in only 2% of the domestic violence homicides perpetrated.


Note: Some data is not collected on an annual basis

  • Utah Statewide Domestic Violence Needs Assessment 2016 – 2017
  • Domestic Violence Fact Sheet 2016
  • 2016 Legislative Session Report
  • Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) Update 2015
  • Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) Funding Request SFY17
  • Everytown: Gun Laws and Violence Against Women
  • Everytown: Gun Violence by the Numbers


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