Domestic violence in Utah higher than national average

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SALT LAKE CITY -- In the aftermath of a spate of domestic violence-related murders with ties to Utah, victim advocates are scrambling to get the word out about resources to help prevent killings.

They're also calling attention to Utah's high levels of domestic violence.

"We have a serious problem," said Jenn Oxborrow, a domestic violence program administrator with the Utah Division of Child and Family Services.

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Numbers provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that one in three women in Utah will experience domestic violence, compared to one in four nationwide, Oxborrow said.

A recent study by the Utah Department of Health found that approximately 32 percent of all homicides in the state were domestic violence-related. On average, there is a domestic violence-related murder every 33 days, and approximately three domestic violence-related suicides every month.

Read the study by the Utah Department of Health here:


With such high numbers, resources to provide help to victims are stretched thin. DCFS contracts with a number of shelters and non-profit groups. But the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition said in rural areas, the nearest shelter can be hundreds of miles away.

An analysis of shelters found that some counties have no shelters for abuse victims.

A map of domestic violence shelters in Utah. (Information provided by UDVC)

A map of domestic violence shelters in Utah. (Information provided by UDVC)

"We are looking at a domestic violence victim service that is at capacity and our funding for that system of care is very, very tight," said Oxborrow.

Despite the hurdles, victim advocates said they will do whatever it takes to provide help to those in need.

"There is help available," said UDVC's Kendra Wyckoff. "There are resources available statewide."

If you or someone you love is in a violent relationship, call 1-800-897-LINK (5465).

More information on how to help can be found from the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition.


  • kartmann

    All those non-Mormons who keep moving here to get out of the cesspools they created in their previous states of residence. They’re all inbred.

    • David

      I agree with you on the ones carrying their excess baggage to a new city. The reverse reaction to this is society stereotypes all new migrants as dysfunctional and weird. Dr. King said ” don’t judge a man by the color of his skin but by the content of his character.

  • kartmann

    Trolling aside……

    We have an unusually high concentration of ILLEGALS. Duh. As for the “some counties don’t have shelters” nonsense: Some of our counties barely have PEOPLE.

    Let’s look at who is actually committing the violent acts.

  • j.smith

    in Utah if your neighbor see’s you accidentally bump into your partner they can call the police who have to file a domestic violence charge at that point. This is crazy

    • kartmann

      Yes. Mexicans. That’s what I said. A patriarchal culture in which women are groomed to be subservient.

      That, and Californians. There are not very many native Utahns in this state. But I’ve known a lot of them, and to date I don’t know ANY who ever beat up their wives or girlfriends.

    • David

      The prime group that started this are the motorcycle gangs like the Hells Angels. And the first charter of the LDS. And some outcast Islamic groups.

  • steven

    In Utah, you can be charged with “domestic violence” for yelling at your spouse in public. Don’t forget all the domestic violence against men that is not reported.

  • anne-marie welch

    I am going through a child abuse situation that happened to us. I was on the phone last night until this morning for 6 hours checking to see if protective orders were served. Get this…I have to drive the protective orders from Payson to South Salt Lake (because they have the official red seal on them). The Sgt. Carr on the phone from South Salt Lake didn’t seen to understand the situation I and my kids were in….so I said “what if I was your daughter, and screaming for help”…put your work aside, and be a human. In the end “our monster is still not served”:…the only one’s protecting us our Payson PD…and I love them! But didn’t know it was that hard to try and stay safe.

  • jewlzzz

    Krapman, and this coming from the cult that tried to legalize pedophilia, incessed, and prostitution from their very beginnings. Talk about inbred? I’d have to agree considering your family is generated by at the very least sexing with your own first cousins.

    • jewlzzz

      I did spell it correct krapman, you’re just not smart enough to see the corrolation between your genetics. Incest+cesspool = krapman! Your bosses are calling you, ya the rats you taste test for behind the Dunkin Donuts?

    • jewlzzz

      Funny fat boy, you can dish it out but can’t take the truth. If you can’t handle it stay off the board you overweight momma’s boy.

      • jewlzzz

        M, I sincerely sympathize with you and understand. We’ve been doing an extensive study on whether there is intelligent life on planet krapman, it lasted all of 5 minutes and came up as conclusively negative. Blow off the angry little fat boys……

  • m

    Domestic violence from a cult called the mormons. I was beat for 12 years. I was married in the Salt Lake Temple to a return Missionary. I was told to stay with him and pray. The shelters are always full and I had no place to go so I stayed with him, until the day he kicked my daughter in the stomach. My Bishop kept insisting I go to counseling so I could change so he would stop hitting me. He threw ne down a flight of stairs twice when I was pregnant, he punched me in the face, he choked me until I passed out. For all the abuse, he was never arrested. For all the times he beat the kids, he was never arrested. When I divorced him I was released from all my church callings and shunned from the church members. He went on to hold Temple callings while stalking me and threatening to kill me. After he caught my house on fire I left the state. I had a protective Order for 8 years. He consistently violated the Order and it was the police in Arizona who finally arrested him. He paid bail and left the state. He came back to Utah and is still holding a Temple calling and church callings. I have made many friends through the years in or from the Mormon Church who have the same situation as me. This is not an immigration problem, it is a Mormon Cult problem. The Mormons also believed you have to be marred in the Temple before you can enter Heaven. I have a civil divorce from my ex, but in the eyes of the church I am still sealed to him for eternity because without him, I go to hell. I left the church, but we are still sealed for eternity, but not in my eyes. God would never allow a man who beat his wife and the mother oh his children be together forever,. This is a MORMON issue NOT an immigration issue. Mormon women are the most depressed then any other group of women. The Judge are Bishops forcing families to stay together. I had t leave Utah to find the peace I was looking for, It has now been 23 years since my divorce and he still stalks me, has destroyed my credit and says hateful things to the kids about me. I have moved on and happy now. He is still in the beliefs of the church which he is clearly dysfunctional and unhappy, I left and found freedom. The church breeds dysfunction and depression and abuse in the homes. So glad I figured it out and got away.

    • jewlzzz

      I will take you up on that round boy….. I mean the slap in the face, as long as you can’t sit on anyone everyone will be fine.

  • Craig

    Obviously no one condones domestic violence, but the reality is that it is often a ploy used by individuals wanting out of a relationship, or attempting to secure custody of children and belongings. Sadly this practice is often encouraged by attorneys as well as law enforcement . The laws are so loosely written, that once allegations are made, it is almost impossible for one to defend themselves against said allegations. With law enforcement and the justice system, acting on these cases based on procedure, rather than by a case by case basis, many slip through the cracks, on both sides of the situation at hand.

    • Bob

      JEWLZZZ says “Haven’t been l a i d in years, though.” Translation: JEWLZZZ has issues. Refined married couples refer to it as “making love”. Tramps in the night refer to it as “getting l a i d”. See the difference?

  • Bob

    In June 27, 2005 The US Supreme Court ruled that police do not have a constitutional duty to protect a person from harm, even a woman who had obtained a court-issued protective order against a violent husband making an arrest mandatory for a violation.

    Hey lady, got a violent ex-husband whose threatening to kill you? If you can’t protect yourself nobody else has to. Get yourself a .38 Cal. Lady Smith and learn how to use it.

  • Sjw

    The domestic violence laws are rediculas! If you get in a argument at your house, you can be arrested for DV. It’s not just people hitting or beating each other up. The police hand out this charge freely, it’s is out of controll mainly because the police charge any and everybody for something as simple as ripping paper or arguing.

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