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LOGAN — Citizens Against Physical and Sexual Abuse celebrated the opening of seven new transition homes for domestic violence survivors at Independence Place on Monday.
The new homes were built with $800,000 in labor, monetary and material donations from various companies. Altogether, the homes were completed $130,000 under budget because of the donations, said James Boyd, CAPSA director of marketing and development.
By adding the seven new homes for seven more families, CAPSA increases its housing by 30 percent, meeting the needs of an increase in domestic violence survivors.
"As far as CAPSA is concerned, we've seen an increase in the number of clients that have come in," Boyd said.
According to a 2011 annual report from the Cache County Attorney's Office, there were 131 domestic violence cases from July to December that year. From July to December of 2012, the report showed 171 documented cases of domestic violence.
In 2014, Boyd said CAPSA sheltered 288 survivors of domestic violence and assisted more than 600 survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Logan Police Capt. Curtis Hooley said the department also has seen the number of domestic violence reports increase in recent years.
"Anytime times get tougher, it adds stress to people's lives, and they take it out on their loved ones or the ones closest to them," Hooley said.
To further help those in domestic violence situations, Hooley said the Logan Police Department, Cache County Sheriff's Office and CAPSA can work together as part of the Lethality Assessment Program.
- The Utah Department of Human Services has a statewide, 24-hour hotline for victims of domestic violence at 1-800-897-LINK (5465) and a child abuse and neglect hotline at 1-800-323-DCFS (3237).
The program is part of the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence but would work with the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition and be paid for by the state.
Set to begin Sept. 1, trained officers in Cache County will identify abuse and families at risk for serious injury or fatalities as a result of domestic violence.
Some of those domestic violence survivors could then be referred to the new homes at Independence Place, paying rent based on income for up to two years or until they can afford to move out.
"I just think, what a valuable asset to that Logan community," said Ned Searle, the director of the Utah's Office on Domestic and Sexual Violence. "To be able to have a place for families to start over, I mean that's priceless."
Katie Larsen is a Deseret News intern and print journalism senior at Utah State University who graduates in December. Email: email@example.com