Press Conference to Address Survivor Safety via Firearm Safety and Improved Notifications, Communications and Collaboration
Salt Lake City, Utah –For over 20 years, domestic-violence homicide has accounted for half of Utah’s murders and 34 percent of the perpetrators die by suicide after killing a family member. Firearms are the most common lethal weapons used in these preventable tragedies.
Next Tuesday, Utah Domestic Violence Coalition will stand side-by-side with legislators, service providers, and those most impacted by our policies and practices—survivors and loved ones of those we failed to protect in the past—to discuss and advocate for legislation and funding that prevents domestic and intimate partner violence.
Bills of particular interest to Utah Domestic Violence Coalition and our member providers include Extreme Risk Protective Order (ERPO), Pretrial Release Amendments, Firearm Violence and Suicide Prevention, and Domestic Violence Response Amendments. The latter “provides that a court may require a defendant ordered to participate in electronic monitoring”—a tool already being used by Utah Department of Corrections (UDC) to monitor offenders on probation or parole. In 2017, 35 of 922 offenders had a “GPS condition” as part of their probation or parole agreement. In 2018, the percentage rose slightly, with 43 of 860 offenders ordered to have a GPS monitor.
Statewide implementation of the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP), an evidence-based, life-saving tool, remains a funding priority for Utah Domestic Violence Coalition.
“Working closely with constituents, service providers, first responders, and policy makers, Utah Domestic Violence Coalition is committed to improving outcomes for survivors by increasing protective factors via legislation and coordinated response,” said Executive Director Jenn Oxborrow. “The domestic-violence related homicides in our state can, should, and will be prevented.”
The press conference will wrap-up UDVC 2019 Advocacy Day at the Capitol, which begins with a policy briefing at 8:30 a.m.
WHAT: Press conference to discuss domestic-violence related legislation and funding
WHEN: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Utah State Capitol, Senate Building, First Floor, Kletting Room
Survivors and loved ones of homicide victims
University of Utah President Ruth V. Watkins or a representative from her office
Representative Robert M. Spendlove, H.B. 253 Domestic Violence Response Amendments
Representative Steve Eliason, H.B. 17 Firearm Violence and Suicide Prevention