The following are some examples of the people that the Salt Lake Valley Emergency Fund has been able to help so far:

Child Abuse

*A young girl was molested by her step-father, and he was arrested and is facing two 15 to life sentences. The girl’s mom did not work and stayed home to take care of the younger children. After the abuser was arrested no one was paying the mortgage. She started working, but then she needed to pay to put her kids into day care. The bank foreclosed on the home, and the grandparents helped to get them into a more affordable place. Since the mom needed to increase hours at work in order to pay the bills, the Fund assisted with 2 months worth of day care expenses.

*A 4 year old boy was molested by his step-dad, and the man was prosecuted and convicted. The little boy went through some therapy, but when he was 10 he touched his younger sister. He unfortunately had learned this behavior from his abuser, and their mom desperately wanted to get him and her daughter more intensive help. Crime Victim Reparations covered the daughter’s therapy expenses, but they would not cover the boy’s since he was deemed a perpetrator. The mom could not afford the costs of the boy’s therapy including the left over amount that Medicaid didn’t cover. The Children’s Justice Center applied to the Fund to pay the boy’s remaining court ordered therapy costs for his 9 month treatment program.

*A teenage boy was abandoned by his mother. His father had not been involved in his life, and his mother was addicted to meth. She would sometimes smoke meth in front of him and his younger sibling. She left the state with his sibling, but she left him behind. He is a good high school student, who was lucky to have a friend that saw he needed some help. His friend's parents are now caring for him, but they are on a limited income. The Fund provided this young man with D.I. vouchers so that he could buy some warm clothes that fit. The local police department sponsored the family during a sub-for-Santa gift drive.

Human Slavery and Sex Trafficking

*A 13 year old girl was sold by her family members to a man 18 years her senior. She was raped by him, and as a result, became pregnant. She was isolated by her abuser and hidden from the outside world inside a home. Her abuser was affiliated with a human smuggling ring. When her baby was 9 months old, the child was kidnapped by her attacker and his criminal associates. It is believed that the 9 month old baby was sold. She reported the kidnapping, but the police didn’t really follow up or probably understand human trafficking issues at that time. Her attacker forced her to do horrible things, and she also had two more young children before the age of 17. She escaped during her last pregnancy, since she was in constant fear of the abuser kidnapping her children again. When we helped her she was 17 years old and is currently in hiding. She was working up until she had her baby. Since she is starting from scratch, our partnering agency asked the Fund to help with diapers, gas money for appointments, and food. Her baby is still missing.

*A woman was the victim of involuntary servitude (slavery). She was brought to the US from a foreign county under false promises. Once in the US she was forced to work, was sexually assaulted, and was beaten multiple times by her trafficker. She escaped, but she has had to start her life from scratch. She has been receiving assistance from a local nonprofit organization that specializes in helping these types of crime victims. They asked if we could help her to buy food and basic necessities.

*A 13 year old girl was a sex trafficking victim whose family was the target of continued and serious threats. The level of harm and risk increased once the mother and child began working with law enforcement. We placed them in a hotel over a long weekend, and another organization provided long-term resources to better assist them.

Intimate Partner Violence

*The Fund has been able to assist quite a few domestic violence survivors who are on a fixed income and are starting from scratch. Oftentimes abusers control the finances and limit the victim’s independence and goals. We have assisted many victims who are also living in a local domestic violence shelter to help be safe from their abuser. These individuals are saving money to pay for a rental deposit, and many are struggling to put enough money away to become independent from the abusers control. After receiving and approving applications for assistance from local shelter employees, the Fund has helped with the rental deposits to move survivors into an affordable long-term place.

*A domestic violence victim and her child fled her abusive spouse, but the domestic violence shelters were full. The Fund paid for them to stay in a local hotel room to keep them safe until an opening became available at a shelter.

*Shannon was assaulted by her live-in boyfriend, and this happened in front of her two kids. He was arrested and booked into jail. When he was arrested he had some cash on him (which was their rent money), plus her cell phone, the keys to her car, and her pink digital camera. She said that he claimed to the officers that all of these items were his, so they couldn’t give them back to her. She also discovered after the officers left that he disabled her car battery and starter. She has had to take TRAX to and from work, since she doesn’t have her car keys and the car hasn’t been repaired. Her son exhibited some behavioral problems (most likely from witnessing assaults by his dad), and he spit on the floor at day care. Her son was kicked out of day care, and she has had to find a babysitter. She paid part of the rent, and Fund assisted with the remaining balance and the cost of a new starter.

*An African refugee came to the US with her abusive husband and two kids. She only spoke Swahili and French, but after being battered by her husband again –she fled with her two kids to a shelter. They worked to help her through a translator and a refugee services program was able to help her with an affordable apartment. They helped with a few months worth of rent and sent her to school to learn English. They could not afford to furnish her apartment, and she did not have transportation. When they moved in, she and her kids were sleeping on the floor of the apartment and only had a couple blankets and some lawn chairs. The Fund assisted them with DI Vouchers for furniture, clothing, utensils, plates, and some miscellaneous items. The Fund also bought and delivered a donated couch, bed, and blankets.

*A domestic violence victim left her abusive husband, and she and her young son found an apartment to live in. She left with nothing but her son. Friends and family helped her with some replacement furniture, but her son did not have a bed to sleep on. The Fund purchased a twin mattress and box spring, so he had a place to sleep.

*A vindictive x-boyfriend cut up his x-girlfriend’s clothing and then also her daughter and mother’s clothing. They all lived in the same residence, and the x-boyfriend was upset that she did not want to be in a relationship with him anymore. The Fund provided her family with vouchers to buy replacement clothing at Deseret Industries.

*We assisted a domestic violence victim who recently moved to the US. She spoke a little bit of English and was very isolated when she moved here from South America. When she first met her husband he was very charming, but when she came to live with him in the US he began to treat her like a slave. Her American-born husband was very jealous and controlling. He also liked to hide her legal documents to keep her from leaving him. He had told her that the police would not believe her, since she is not from here. She fled with just her purse and legal documents. She stayed at a domestic violence shelters until she found other options. The Fund provided her with D.I. vouchers, so that she could purchase shoes, pants, and shirts.

Tragic Deaths and Crime Scene Clean-up Costs

*A man murdered his girlfriend and two small children (one was his own daughter). He also shot himself. The family members didn’t have the finances to pay for crime related costs, such as the funeral and burial their loved ones. Crime Victim Reparations helped with these costs, but they wanted to bury their granddaughter in a nice dress. They could not afford a new dress for her, so the Fund helped give them the money to buy her a nice one.

*The Fund paid to help a family with the crime scene clean-up costs of a homicide/suicide. Bio hazards need to be cleaned up and disposed of by professional companies –and it can be very costly. We try to help traumatized victims and their family with these expenses, as they are usually unexpected. Many people use their rent or mortgage money to pay for the crime scene clean-up costs, so they also become delinquent on important payments. We helped this family prevent missing those important payments, so they could focus on making funeral arrangements.

*The Fund helped to pay for a broken window and crime scene clean up costs of a homicide that occurred in a car. A passenger was killed in a road-rage incident. The owner of the car could not afford the clean up expenses, and she needed to get the damages repaired so she could have the ability to get around.

*The Fund helped to pay one months rent for a family who missed work due to finding out that the person who killed their relative had escaped from jail. They were too traumatized to return to work until this escapee was apprehended. The lost wages were not something that could be covered through Crime Victim Reparations, so the Fund paid their landlord one month’s rent to help prevent them from being evicted.

*A tragic accident killed a man and his daughter. The Fund assisted with a portion of the funeral costs.

Sexual Assaults

*A lady was sexually assaulted, and law enforcement collected her clothing as evidence. She had a hospital gown and was provided with clothing to wear that night by the Rape Recovery Center. The rest of her clothing and property was at the perpetrators home and unable to be retrieved. She lives on an extremely small budget, so the Fund provided her with a gift card to buy items to Wal-Mart.

*A mother of 4 was sexually assaulted by her husband, which resulted in her finding out that she was pregnant. She had been diagnosed with diabetes, and stress makes her health worse. He knew this, and it was part his motive to impregnate her against her will. He is in the process of being investigated and hopefully prosecuted for this and other domestic violence crimes. The victim and her children moved in to her mother’s house, and we assisted her with the deposit for a new apartment and a new space to start over.

Aggravated Assaults/Robberies

*A man traveled from another state to visit his friends, and he stayed with one of them at his apartment. They went out one evening, and while walking back both of them were assaulted by strangers for unknown reasons. The victim did not know the attacker, but the friend may have. Both ended up getting back to the apartment, but were so injured that the victim fell into unconsciousness for two days. Once his friend finally came-to he had the victim transported to the hospital. The victim had a fractured scull, will have ongoing medical problems, and he was unable to return to work for a while as a result. His bills began piling up while he was in the hospital, and his family was struggling to take care of everything. The Fund helped him with one month’s mortgage.

Tow and Mechanic Fees

* A mother was stabbed by her husband several times, and he fled and took the vehicle registered in her name. Police apprehended him, and since she was in critical condition, the vehicle was impounded. The vehicle stayed in an impound lot for an extended period of time and accrued fees of around $2,000. The Detective was able to talk to the company and negotiate the fees down to $200. The Victim Advocates contacted the Fund, and we paid the fees on behalf of the victim.

*Loren’s car was stolen from out side her house. She is disabled, is on a fixed income, and she does not leave her home very often, but she uses her car to go get groceries/necessities and go to doctor’s appointments. She reported to police that her car was reported stolen, and about a month later she heard that it had been found. However, a tow truck company had towed and impounded her car before they notified police that they hooked it. It was after expenses had been incurred that they discovered that the car they towed was stolen. This tow company still demanded that this victim pay all their fees (which she wouldn't have had if they called police first before they towed). When talking to us, she started crying and was upset about the situation. She could not afford the tow and impound fees (plus the battery was stolen too), and she didn't know how she would make ends meet if she paid to get her car back. The tow company suggested she go through her insurance, but she would have to pay a $500 deductible. We assisted with the cost of a new battery and eventually talked the tow company into not charging her fees.

*Suzanne’s husband has been abusive to her for years. She also has a couple kids that are teenagers (they are not his children). She and her husband have lived in other parts of the state, and he has plenty of run-in’s with other law enforcement agencies. While he was on probation he again assaulted her in from of her 17 year old and then slashed the tire to her van. He was arrested and a jail no contact order was issued. Her other son had been in a terrible accident that left him paralyzed. She had been visiting him every day at the hospital. Apparently her controlling husband didn't like this, and he was mad that he had been arrested. Suzanne’s instincts told her that he was coming to get her at the hospital after his release from jail, so she hid her van in another parking lot and the hospital relocated their rooms (and changed her son’s name). Her hubby, as predicted, showed up demanding her whereabouts and caused a scene (thereby also violating the no contact order). He also found her van and disabled the steering column. She was somewhat dependant on him for income, has been caring for her son (unable to work) and needs her van to be drive-able to take her son to and from appointments (and for her own freedom). She couldn't afford to repair her van and no other resources cover this sort of property damage (except for car insurance, but she couldn't afford insurance either). He’s on the run from law enforcement, but everything will catch up to him eventually. In the meantime, we worked with the mechanic to fix her van.

Dental Expenses

*A man was robbed at his home, and the suspect punched him in his face and mouth. The suspect hit him so hard that his front teeth were knocked out. The victim talked his attacker out of killing him, and he then called police. He needed dental work and surgery right away. It takes a couple months to find out if he is eligible plus to get reimbursed for these dental expenses through Crime Victim Reparations (CVR). He didn't have insurance and the money to help with the up front costs, so the Fund helped to pay some of his dental expenses. His dentist has also agreed to wait for payment from CVR on the remaining balance.

Transportation Costs

*Several domestic violence victims have needed to flee from their abusive partners to another state. It can be very costly for victims to be able to flee, especially because of circumstances their abuser has put them in. The Fund has paid for a few bus passes for victims to get away safely. We have also partnered with the Road Home and the LDS Church to share some of the ticket costs.

*We paid for the airline ticket and rental car of a woman whose sister had died unexpectedly. The sister’s husband also died unexpectedly later that evening, leaving their 11 year old son an orphan. Both parents were in extremely poor health who could not afford proper medical care. The sister took the first plane ride of her life, also met her nephew for the first time, and negotiated with local close friends of the family for them to have guardianship of him.

Miscellaneous Expenses

*A lady had an extensive history of domestic violence perpetrated by her estranged husband. She filed for divorce, but he avoided service of court documents on purpose. His actions also held up their ability to establish custody. She wanted to publish notice in the newspaper so the judge could finally move forward with the divorce proceedings without her x holding things up intentionally. We assisted her with the cost of the ad.

"Gallery of Victim's" by the Deseret News: http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,660203840,00.html

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 
 
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