The Utah Domestic Violence Coalition's (UDVC) fatality review team stated that in 2005 there were 33 people in Utah who died as a result of domestic violence.
“Of the nearly 4.5 million intimate partner physical assault victimizations, more than 1.8 cause injuries, 519,031 of which require medical care.” – National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Costs of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in the Untied States: Center for Disease Control and Prevention; 2003
50% of all homeless women and children in this country are fleeing domestic violence situations, and last year the two local domestic violence shelters turned away over 500 people due to a lack of bed space. Finding safe short and long term shelter is a huge hindrance for victims who are trying to safely escape abusive relationships. Additionally, financial hurdles come in other forms -such as trying to pay to break a lease or pay for child care. According to a Dan Jones & Associates Inc. Summary of Domestic Violence Incidence and Prevalence Study 2005, “more than one in three women report having been a victim of some form of violence” and 37% state one of the reasons for not reporting the abuse is because they don’t have enough money.
“Each year, the Rape Recovery Center hears stories from women of all backgrounds, races and ages. Last year, they heard more than 4,000 stories, including those of a 94-year-old woman who was raped and a two-and-a-half-week-old baby boy who was sexually abused. Half of the rape and abuse victims the staff served in emergency rooms were under 14 years of age. A 10-year government study that looked at more than a million cases of rape in the United States showed that 88 percent of rape victims are between the ages of 12-28.” - No Safe Place: Violence Against Women. KUED.
In Utah, there were a total of 377 suicide deaths and 43 homicide deaths during 2004. – Mortality by cause, sex, age, and autopsy Residents: Utah, 2004. Utah Department of Health Center for Health Data.
According to the National Safety Council “for people between 1 and 41 years of age, accidents are the leading cause of death in the nation. 304 Americans each day –that’s one every five minutes -111,000 each year –fall victim to unforeseen catastrophes.”