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Domestic Violence and Firearms in Utah

Domestic Violence and Firearms in Utah

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 11, 2020

 

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Jenn Oxborrow

joxborrow@udvc.org

801-232-4441

Domestic Violence and Firearms in Utah

 

Salt Lake City, Utah – In the past week in Salt Lake City we have experienced three domestic violence tragedies: four deaths, two officer-involved shootings, three critical gunshot injuries—including a responding officer, and at least two children under the age of ten who have directly witnessed horrific violence in their homes. 

Access to lethal means—specifically firearms—greatly increases the risk of domestic violence related homicide. In Utah, the majority of domestic violence homicides involve a gun. These homicides, gunshot injuries, and officer-involved shootings can and should be prevented. 

“Urgent intervention is needed,” said Executive Director Jenn Oxborrow. “Utilization of an extreme risk protective order could help prevent such tragic shootings and lower the number of firearm deaths in Utah.” 

Extreme Risk Protective Order legislation is favored by the majority of Utahns because it is seen as a means to save lives and safely remove firearms from those who may be a threat to themselves and/or others. The legislation is a priority for Utah Domestic Violence Coalition, its member providers, Utah Chiefs of Police Association, and multiple community partners. 

Proposed domestic violence related legislation, including Extreme Risk Protective Orders, will be discussed at a press conference today, February 11, noon, at the Utah State Capitol, Senate Building, First Floor, Kletting Room. 

 

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  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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