Domestic Violence:

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.

Sexual Assault:

“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.”








© 2006 Salt Lake Valley Emergency Fund. All rights reserved.