Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee

In 2002, the Violence and Injury Prevention Program (VIPP) established the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee (DVFRC). The DVFRC started with a grant from the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice. The VIPP collects and analyzes data and provides staff support to the DVFRC.

The goals of the DVFRC are to:

  1. Identify and review all adult DV-related homicides in Utah.
  2. Initiate a process for developing protocols and agreements to improve agency response and/or interventions for victims and suspects of domestic violence.
  3. Cultivate discussion and action to establish a unified multi-agency approach to domestic violence.
  4. Reduce the rate of DV-related deaths in Utah.
  5. Facilitate and improve communication among agencies that respond to victims and/or perpetrators of domestic violence.

The DVFRC is a multi-disciplinary team that reviews all adult homicides perpetrated by an intimate partner, former intimate partner or stalker, or any other death that occurred in the context of a domestic dispute (e.g., bystander, police officer shooting, etc.).

Domestic Violence Fatality Reports

The 2003-2008 Domestic Violence Fatalities in Utah 2003-2008 report helps us to better understand the variables surrounding the deaths related to domestic violence. Findings from the report include:

  • There is approximately one DV-related homicide each month in Utah.
  • One out of three adult homicides are domestic violence homicides.
  • A total of 147 children were directly exposed to an IP homicide; 78 percent were under six years of age.
  • Forty-four percent were spouses, 7.6 percent were ex-spouses, 21.2 percent were girlfriends or boyfriends, and 12.1 percent were ex-girlfriends or ex-boyfriends.