Down economy=increase in domestic violence

A recent Utah Domestic Violence Council report of 27 domestic violence-related deaths in Utah in 2009 is up from the 22 deaths the year before. While such deaths are rare in Cache Valley, domestic violence incidents are increasing as the economy falters. So says Jill Anderson who is Executive Director of CAPSA (Community Abuse Prevention Services Agency) “We have seen an increase recently in the number of people coming to us for help. It was interesting when the economy first dropped we actually saw a decrease. Some of the women coming to us were saying they weren’t sure this was the right time to make a change. Then, six months later, we really saw a tremendous increase as they realized things were getting much, much worse in their situation. “Our shelter is typically full now, which is new for us. We’ve usually had at least one or two rooms available. Currently, as soon as someone checks out, someone else checks in. We’ve been pushed to our limit to keep up with the demand..” CAPSA is in the process of building transitional housing to accommodate more families needing help. “That’s going well,” said Anderson, “we call it Independence Place. We have started building the first two of nine homes that we will have here in Logan. We currently have 18 families in the program who are scattered in homes throughout the valley. We would like to bring them together to help build a community. It’s one of the most exciting programs we provide for people, it’s really where you see a change. For anyone wanting to get involved in a project that makes a difference in people’s lives, this is definitely it.” Anderson said CAPSA will have one project centralized in Logan and another in Hyrum. “We would like to have a total of 20 units available for families where we can provide the confidentiality and the security in helping to build a community amongst themselves to support each other.”

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