Utah is falling behind when it comes to serving victims of domestic violence, reports the Salt Lake Tribune. Jenn Oxborrow, domestic violence program administrator for the Utah Department of Human Services, said the while funding was flat from 2008 to 2012, 13 private domestic violence shelters in the state housed 41 percent more survivors, from 76,767 shelter nights in 2008 to 108,377 nights in 2012.
Oxborrow said that over those same five years the number of people who weren't served by domestic violence shelters increased by 67 percent. In 2012, that meant 2,809 people — mostly women and children — were turned away by already-full domestic violence shelters. Kendra Wyckoff, executive director of the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition, said Utah's rates of rape and domestic violence are higher than the national average. On Monday, Wyckoff spoke at the Utah State Capitol to encourage legislators to support $693,500 in funding for domestic violence programs.