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Domestic Violence Program

What Is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is any criminal offense involving violence or physical harm or threat of violence or physical harm when committed by one cohabitant against another. Domestic violence can also be referred to as IPV or Intimate Partner Violence. Domestic violence is against the law. Domestic violence in the presence of children is also against the law. Domestic violence should be reported.

Where to Get Help

1-800-897-LINK (5465)

The LINKline operates 24-7. The Statewide Domestic Violence Info-line will LINK you to free help, including counseling, shelter, and other services.

View Shelters and Counselors in your area

See the Utah Domestic Violence Shelter Services and Directory

Find a Domestic Violence Counselor

CALL 911 if you are in danger or have an emergency.

“Domestic violence used to be thought of as a family problem, a private issue in which outsiders should not get involved. The truth is, domestic violence affects everyone! Whether you are a neighbor who is hesitant to call the police or a co-worker who doesn’t want to pry, someone else’s family abuse problem is your problem also”, according to the Utah Domestic Violence Council website.

Domestic violence also has a profound affect on children that witness this cycle of violence. “Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them”, writer James Baldwin said.

Signs of An Abusive Relationship

    • Your inner thoughts and feelings
    • Your partner’s belittling behavior

A good resource for more signs can be found here

Domestic Violence Warning Signs, Take Precautions

It’s impossible to know what goes on behind closed doors, but there are some telltale signs and symptoms of domestic violence and abuse. If you witness a number of warning signs in a friend, family member, or coworker, you can reasonably suspect  domestic abuse:

    • Frequent injuries, with the excuse of “accidents”
    • Frequent and sudden absences from work or school
    • Frequent harassing phone calls from the partner
    • Fear of the partner, references to the partner’s anger
    • Personality changes (e.g., an outgoing person becomes withdrawn)
    • Submissive behavior, lack of assertiveness
    • Isolation from friends and family
    • Insufficient resources to live (money, credit cards, car)
    • Depression, crying, low self­esteem

For additional information call (801) 538-4100.