SALT LAKE CITY – Raising awareness and reducing violence is the focus of a YWCA Utah campaign happening this week.
The organization is highlighting a “A Week Without Violence,” which includes gun violence prevention messages and the planting of a daffodil at Salt Lake City’s new Public Safety building Tuesday to honor those affected by gun violence.
It’s part of October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
YWCA’s Amberlie Phillips says while physical attacks are easily understood as domestic violence, it’s not always physical.
“But it really comes down to one member of the partnership trying to control the actions of another,” she says. “Isolation is kind of a key factor, belittling, making you feel you’re not worth certain things.”
Phillips adds that Utah is not immune from domestic violence. Its Women in Jeopardy shelter is the largest facility in the state, and the 180 beds are almost always full.
Phillips says victims of domestic violence should try to focus on the fact that there is a better life waiting to be lived.
“Women or men, anyone deserves to have, to live a life free of violence,” she says, “and to live independently and to have the freedom to make the choices they want to make for themselves.”
The YWCA also offers legal help to victims of domestic violence – with assistance in filing for a protective order or starting the divorce process.