I recently met with Utah county Commissioners to discuss domestic violence and what we can do to address the issues surrounding it. We had a very productive meeting where many good ideas were brought to the table. Among those, understanding the issue at hand is of utmost importance. We cannot address domestic violence if we don’t fully understand the problem.
We must engage with our local law enforcement to gather domestic violence statistics. For example, we need to know:
- How many domestic violence calls were placed to 911 and responded to by law enforcement last year?
- How many arrests were made because of domestic violence?
- How many domestic violence homicides happened in each of our communities?
This information will help us understand what is happening on a local level. It will also give us an idea of where we can step in and start helping.
I am impressed by the continued efforts of our Utah County Commissioners. They have committed to holding 18 town-hall meetings over the next few months, one meeting in each city that they oversee. They will be asking their community what their immediate concerns are regarding domestic violence along with gathering ideas to help stop this epidemic.
I encourage all of my friends at the counties to follow suit and begin the process of gathering information and putting plans in place to open the lines of communication with your constituents. We have the power to change lives and save future generations from the brutality of domestic violence.
Once again, I ask you to join me in saying Not On My Watch!