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Utah Domestic Violence Coalition Announces New Executive Director

Picture of Jen Campbell, executive director of Utah Domestic Violence Coalition

Salt Lake City, UT – Utah Domestic Violence Coalition and the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition (UDVC) Board are pleased to announce Jen Campbell as the executive director of the Coalition, beginning Monday, November 29. 

Director of Finance & Operations Chris Davies and Director of Programs Selina Gorst have served as interim co-directors since September 2020 and worked in tandem with the UDVC Board on a comprehensive recruitment process. Led by an outside agency specializing in non-profit organizations, the recruitment process involved meeting with victim services member providers, stakeholders, and community members to obtain feedback that informed hiring priorities. 

“It was an honor to represent rural service providers and to serve on Utah Domestic Violence Coalition’s hiring committee. I appreciate their effort to make an informed decision with plenty of representation at the table because this is a big job and each member programs’ experiences and needs differ widely,” said Abigail Taylor, executive director of Seekhaven Family Crisis and Resource Center in Moab. “Jennifer Campbell has been a pleasure to work with, and I look forward to the humor, diplomacy, and humility she will bring to our statewide team in this leadership role. This is a natural progress given her background at South Valley Services and I trust that she will hit the ground running.” 

Campbell is excited to join the Coalition and to promote statewide advocacy, collaboration, and education specific to domestic and intimate partner violence. Initial priorities include an audit of the team and community partners, expanding board representation, partner and stakeholder relations, identifying initiatives and creating a strategic plan, and focusing on policy and budget—just in time for the 2022 General Session of the Utah State Legislature. 

“In the 14 years I’ve worked on the frontline of victim services, I’ve loved working with survivors and navigating my team through crisis response. During this time, I’ve had the privilege of learning about resilience and the impact of community-based services for victims, as well as the importance of collaboration towards ending violence,” said Jen Campbell, executive director of Utah Domestic Violence Coalition. “I am honored to represent the member programs and, as UDVC executive director, I intend to increase and stabilize funding for services, enhance public awareness, and advocate for policies that both prevent and stop violence.” 

Campbell began her career in victim services a decade ago, volunteering at South Valley Services in Salt Lake County. Her volunteer experience, combined with her Master of Public Administration and a strong desire to improve outcomes for those experiencing domestic and intimate partner violence, resulted in an 11-year career with South Valley Services; most recently, as the executive director.




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January 1-December 31
  • The Allstate Foundation grant helps us create safety and security for domestic violence survivors through financial empowerment.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Originally founded in 1984 as The Center for Women and Children in Crisis, The Refuge Utah 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.

  • 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.

  • Timpanogos Legal Center provides free legal advice and legal document preparation for victims of domestic violence and low-income persons.

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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.

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  • 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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