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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Salt Lake City— On October 1st from 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM on the Salt Lake County Government Center West Lawn (2001 S State St., Salt Lake City UT 84114), YWCA Utah and South Valley Services will kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month with Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson. They will join volunteers in planting flags to represent the 3,400 individuals who sought safety from domestic violence through Salt Lake County’s domestic violence service providers last year. One in three women in Utah will experience domestic violence at some point in their life.

The prevalence of domestic violence in Utah is troubling. 47% of all adult homicides in the state are domestic violence-related according to the Utah Department of Health. Domestic violence takes many forms, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, financial abuse, and psychological abuse. During the month of October, YWCA Utah will provide educational materials and resources regarding these forms of abuse.

It is crucial that Utahns recognize the signs of domestic violence in order to address its prevalence. Bystander awareness and intervention are a vital part in the community’s collective effort to reduce domestic violence.  This means recognizing not only the signs of physical abuse, which can be quite visible, but also the signs of emotional abuse, manipulation, and control. South Valley Services and YWCA Utah are dedicated to serving our communities to eradicate domestic violence. “Domestic violence is not a private family matter, it’s a serious public health issue in our own community that cannot be ignored,” said Mayor Jenny Wilson, “we all have a responsibility to educate ourselves on the signs of domestic violence and on ways we can support victims.”       

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About YWCA Utah

YWCA Utah advances the well-being of women in Utah through safety, opportunity, and advocacy. Since 1906 the YWCA has designed its work to encourage women’s aspirations, protect and promote their rights, and meet their changing needs. The YWCA’s enduring belief has been that better lives for all women lead to stronger families, communities, and societies. For comprehensive information about this important work, go to www.ywcautah.org.

About South Valley Services

South Valley Services is dedicated to eradicating domestic violence by providing crisis shelter, housing resources, case management, mental health services and community awareness; to women, men and children who have been victimized by domestic violence through our Crisis Shelter, Community Resource Centers and Prevention and Education Team.