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Press Conference: Survivor Safety via Firearm Safety, Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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

Representative Stephen G. Handy, H.B. 209 Extreme Risk Protective Order
Representative Angela Romero, H.B. 19 Pretrial Release Amendments

Our Impact in 2018

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 help families of homicide victims receive hope, justice, and healing.

  • 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.

  • Safe Harbor, a non-profit organization, provides shelter, supportive services and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as education, awareness and resources to our community.

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