In light of #DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth we wanted to shed some light on some recent changes in legislation that added the felony charge of strangulation to the aggravated assault statute. Victims that are being strangled are in serious danger. This legal change helps make these cases easier to prosecute, holds the offenders accountable and helps protect victims.
Our department takes strangulation very seriously. We have been training all new recruits on the signs of strangulation and officers are now using this new criminal code in the course of their #DomesticViolence investigations.
If you, or someone you know is being abused, please reach out and get help. Remember, you are not alone and there is help out there. Here is a list of resources:
Salt Lake City Police Department, Salt Lake City Prosecutor's Office, YWCA Utah, Salt Lake Area Family Justice Center, Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake, Utah Domestic Violence Coalition, Utah Office for Victims of Crime, Utah Department of Workforce Services, Utah Division of Family and Child Services, Sego Lily Center for the Abused Deaf, Utah Crime Victims Legal Clinic, Rape Recovery Center, Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office