Overcoming the Challenges

 New Horizons Crisis Center is proud to bring Overcoming the Challenges: Improving Responses to Domestic and Sexual Violence to Richfield, Utah for the first time in the region.


Held on August 5 & 6, 2021 at the Sevier Valley Center at Snow College’s Richfield Campus, Overcoming the Challenges: Improving Responses to Domestic & Sexual Violence Victims is a two-day conference providing advanced training on domestic and sexual violence intervention and responses.

The conference is focused on public safety and criminal justice responses to these crimes and will feature national and state presenters. There will be break-out sessions for law enforcement, prosecution, health care providers, advocacy, and other allied professionals. Attendees will learn about best practices in their field, collaborative approaches, and will have opportunities to participate in in-depth discussions.

This training will also acknowledge the monumental shift in public awareness about domestic and sexual violence and will support the continued and collective movement to improve efforts at all levels regarding intervention, collaboration, and community accountability.

New Horizons Crisis Center (NHCC) is providing this training as part of their mission to “Encircle – Educate – Empower” local and regional partners as well as to continue to provide advocacy for victims of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, and other crimes. Serving the communities in Sevier, Piute, Millard, Sanpete and Wayne counties of Utah, NHCC is committed to bringing awareness through education, and to work collaboratively to build strong, positive, and nonviolent communities.

Debbie Mayo, Executive Director of NHCC states, “It is important for our rural areas that we continue to advocate for those in our community who experience domestic violence, rape, or sexual assault.  NHCC has worked diligently to continue to provide essential safety planning, validation and connection to local resources for survivors, and this training will give our regional law enforcement and criminal justice professionals additional tools that support and advocate for victims, as well to take part of our goal to build strong, non-violent communities.” Ms. Mayo adds, ““While the pandemic has brought new challenges to people across the country, especially survivors, we can all take action to end domestic violence. Uplifting survivors’ voices, advocating for lifesaving resources, and reaching out when friends or loved ones are in trouble will help us build a world without domestic violence. When we educate ourselves and others about domestic abuse, we equip communities with knowledge and confidence to end violence.”

Nationally renowned keynote and featured speakers include Ret. Lt. Mark Wynn, Attorney Jonathan H. Kurland, Leah Lutz, Kit Gruelle, and Det. Justin Boardman (ret).

Domestic violence and sexual assault are serious crimes perpetrated every day across the United States. In Utah, two out of every 11 adult females and one out of every 10 adult males will experience intimate partner violence at some point in their lives.  According to the Utah Department of Health, 9.7% of adults in Utah reported that someone had sex, or attempted to have sex, with them, without their consent.   

New Horizons Crisis Center assisted 398 victims, through our main office, with outreach, crisis intervention and/or other services besides shelter. Last year, NHCC sheltered a total of 179 women, 154 children, and 29 men, for a total of 4542 days. 

For more information about New Horizons Crisis Center please visit our website at http://centralutahcrisisintervention.org/ or contact Debbie Mayo, Executive Director at 435-896-9294.  For our 24 hour 7 days a week crisis hotline please call: 435-896-9294 or 1-800-343-6302

Law enforcement, prosecution, health care providers and advocates are encouraged to attend this free training. To register for the conference please visit https://bitly.com/ImprovingResponses

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