Utah’s high birth rate and prevalence of domestic violence mean more kids experience trauma — and they need help

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Michelle Densley with photographs of her children in her apartment in Salt Lake County on Monday April 8, 2019.

There’s a couch, a refurbished flat-screen TV, a dining room table with two chairs and a bench inside Michelle Densley’s apartment. A bunk bed in one bedroom; a bed in hers. The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

The 34-year-old mother of three, who recently left secure housing at YWCA Utah in Salt Lake City, doesn’t have much stuff.

But in a third bedroom, there’s a menagerie of My Little Pony horses, dinosaurs, Ninja Turtles action figures, baby dolls and dress-up clothes. Toys were one purchase that didn’t lead to fights between her and her husband, she said, so looking into that room in her Salt Lake County apartment, one might think she and her children have lived a normal life.

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