Domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence, is defined as abuse between two people in a close relationship. This includes individuals who are dating, and current and former spouses. This type of violence can occur once or multiple times. Domestic violence is categorized into four types of behaviors: Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Threats, and Emotional Abuse. In Utah, between the years 2000-2011, there were 226 domestic violence-related homicides, averaging 19 deaths per year. National data shows that women reported approximately 4.8 million intimate partner related physical assaults and rapes yearly. This is a public health issue that we all need to be concerned about. Because of the damaging consequences of domestic violence, there are a number of organizations focused on helping. Below are resources available to serve those affected by domestic violence.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233
Utah Domestic Violence Link Line 1-800 897- 5465Utah Domestic Violence Council 801-521-5544