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Public Policy Issues

Utah Policy Watch

Bill # Policy Name(click for more info) What it Means Who's Running it UDVC Stance
H.B.112 Firearm Amendments Anyone can carry a weapon without a permit or background check Representative Perry Oppose
S.B.37 Statewide Crisis Line Creates an additional Crisis Line via state funding Senator Thatcher Support
S.B.28 Repeal of Health and Human Service Reports Will no longer collect data on firearms/death by firearms Senator Vickers Oppose
S.B.72 Victim Selection Penalty Amendments Removes "hate crimes" defines reasons why a victim is attacked Senator Thatcher Support
S.B.54 Adoption Revisions If a woman is a victim of sexual assault or domestic violence, she must name potential fathers, cannot leave state for more than 90 days Senator Weiler Oppose
H.B.173 Parental Kidnapping Amendments May cause safety concerns for victims who flee, creates more avenues of control Representative Potter Oppose
H.B.208 Jail Release Order Amendments Protection of child or vulnerable adult or sexual assault Representative Ivory
H.B.206 Firearm Restrictions Restricts firearms from persons convicted of Domestic Violence and Protective Orders Representative King, Brian Support
H.B.237 Firearms and Domestic Violence Modifications Ends concealed carry permit but enhances DV offense if in possession Representative Perry Oppose
H.B.17 Offenses Against the Person Amendments Strangulation and loss of consciousness will be charged as felony crimes Representative Snow Support
H.B.248 Domestic Violence Related Amendments Adds continuous protective orders Senator Christensen Support
H.B. 99 Bigamy Offense Amendments Chilling effect for survivors trying to access services, targets the FLDS families Representative Noel Oppose
H.B.147 Living Wage Amendments Gradually raising minimum wage, which would allow survivors a better chance at being self sufficient Representative Hemingway Support
H.B.242 Family and Medical Leave Amendments Provides more Utah employees with the ability to qualify for FMLA Representative Dixon Support
H.B.36 Affordable Housing Amendments Creates affordable housing options Representative Edwards Support
S.B135 Maternal and Child Health Supports maternal and child health through study of home visiting programs Senator Escamilla Support
H.B.198 Concealed Carry Amendments 18+ year olds able to carry concealed weapons Representative Lisonbee Oppose
H.B.323 Code of Criminal Procedure Must prove "INTENT" to cause fear, intimidate or cause bodily harm before convicting of domestic violence Representative Coleman Oppose
S.B.210 Equal Pay Amendments Addresses gender pay equality Representative Anderegg Support
H.B.43 American Indian and Alaskan Native Education Amendments Creates a pilot program for teachers at American Indian and Alaskan Native concentrated schools Representative Noel Support
H.B.326 Campus Sexual Violence Protection Act Violates victim confidentiality, makes it harder to hold offenders accountable Representative Coleman Oppose
S.B.226 Permanent Criminal Stalking Injunction Extends an application for a permanent criminal stalking injunction against a person, including "attempted" Senator Weiler Support

Advocacy

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
  • Media

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 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. 

Twitter: @UtahDV
Facebook: UtahDVCoalition


State Laws

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
  • stalking
  • 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 Laws

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.

Our Impact in 2017

January 1-December 31
  • CAPSA is a non-profit domestic violence, sexual abuse, and rape recovery center serving Cache County and the Bear Lake area.

  • YCC Family Crisis Center is a domestic violence shelter and rape crisis center provide services 24/7 to victims and their children.

  • Utah Legal Services (ULS) is a nonprofit law office incorporated in 1976 committed to making equal justice a reality by providing free legal help in non-criminal cases to low-income Utahns.

  • South Valley Services is a domestic violence service provider in West Jordan, Utah. We provide safe shelter and supportive services to women, men and their children who have been impacted by domestic violence.

  • Today, the YWCA is Utah’s most comprehensive provider of family violence services; our programs include walk-in services and a crisis line, emergency shelter, transitional housing, children’s programs, and a vast array of supportive services.

  • Established in 1990, Seekhaven assists survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault rebuild their lives. Serving Grand County and Southeastern Utah, Seekhaven provides a wide range of essential services including client advocacy, emergency shelter, and transition assistance.

  • Peace House is dedicated to ending family violence and abuse through education, outreach, support services, and safe housing.

  • New Hope Crisis Center has been serving Box Elder County for 30 years. Our mission is to provide all-inclusive, integrated, victim-centered services to stabilize and support individuals, families, and our community.

  • Founded in 1984, The Center for Women and Children in Crisis has been in continuous operation for 33 years. Our mission is to provide a caring, advocating, safe, and educationally based environment for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

  • Our organization advocates for victims of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, and the homeless. Serving people in Sevier, Piute, Millard, Sanpete and Wayne counties of Utah.

  • The DOVE Center is the only area agency providing safe-shelter, crisis intervention, and prevention for clients who have been victimized by violence in their home – whether by a family member or cohabitant – that also serves victims of rape and sexual assault.

  • Founded in 1922, Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake is a non-profit organization that promotes safety, stability and self-sufficiency for low income families and individuals, as well as victims of domestic violence, through effective, efficient legal advocacy and assistance.

  • Canyon Creek Services provides free and confidential services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Iron, Beaver and Garfield Counties.

  • Valley Behavioral Health is a nonprofit network of clinics providing treatment for behavioral conditions, addictions, psychiatric conditions, autism and other chronic health conditions. We treat chronic lifelong conditions as well as temporary conditions triggered by traumatic life events. Our programs are tailored to people of all ages and every social, cultural and economic situation.

  • Preserve the heritage. Enhance the wellbeing. Strengthen the future of the People.

  • Our Mission: To bring hope, justice, and healing to victims of domestic violence murder by providing holistic non-profit legal representation in the civil, probate and family courts.

  • At Amethyst Center for Healing we are dedicated to helping individuals, families, and communities recover from trauma and abuse, so that we may all live peaceful, empowered lives.

  • Cycling club dedicated to ending child abuse.

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