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Domestic Violence in Utah

If you or anyone you know is experiencing domestic violence, help is available at:
800-799-7233 (National Domestic Violence Hotline)
1-800-897-LINK (5465) (Utah Domestic Violence Coalition)

Domestic Violence by the Numbers

Domestic Violence or intimate partner violence is defined as a pattern of physical, sexual, and/or psychological abuse which is meant to control another person. Each year, over 10 million Americans of all backgrounds and identities are abused by an intimate partner. Many victims feel trapped and have had no access to finances, often leaving abusive relationships with nothing to their name.

Types of Domestic Violence include:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse, rape, and sexual assault
  • Emotional / verbal abuse
  • Psychological abuse
  • Stalking
  • Neglect
  • Financial abuse and exploitation

1 in 3 Utah women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime

Domestic violence incidents are increasing at a rate of 3.8% per year nationally

Domestic violence costs Americans $83 billion annually in total

How to Identify Abuse

Abuse happens in many forms. Signs of abuse include:
  • Physical harm
  • Non-consentual sexual acts
  • Extreme jealousy
  • Disempowerment
  • Intimidation
  • Threats and insults

If you feel you or someone you know is experiencing abuse, resources are available to talk to someone about the situation.

How to Document Abuse

It’s important to document abuse however possible when it happens. If you experience abuse, it helps to:

  • Journal each incident
  • Transcribe any statements
  • Log dates, times, and details
  • Document all injuries
  • Seek medical care
  • Report the incident to the police

How to Talk with Others About Abuse

Talking about abuse is hard. If someone you know brings up their experience of domestic violence, here are tips on how to support:

  • Acknowledge their experience
  • Try not to judge, criticize, or create feelings of guilt
  • Remember that you cannot “rescue” them
  • Try not to speak poorly of abusive partner
  • Help create a safety plan
  • Support them regardless of their decisions
  • Offer to go with them to report the abuse

Source: National Domestic Violence Hotline

How to Support

Altabank partners with a number of organizations working tirelessly to reduce the incidents and impact of domestic violence in Utah. Consider donating to and following these local organizations: