Canyon Creek Services
- Need: To reduce and prevent domestic violence and sexual assault in Utah's rural Beaver, Garfield, and Iron counties.
- Intervention: Canyon Creek Services provides a 24/7 emergency hotline, emergency shelter, hospital response, crisis intervention, housing advocacy, and community education.
- Results: From July 2018 to June 2019, CCS served over 750 survivors, 193 of them seeking emergency shelter. CCS held 22 different awareness events and presented within the community 70 different times with over 14,000 participants.
Founded in 1996, Canyon Creek Services (CCS) in rural Cedar City, Utah, provides free and confidential services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in rural Beaver, Garfield, and Iron counties. CCS also provides prevention and education presentations and materials to interested individuals and groups in its service area. CCS has a temporary emergency shelter for individuals in need of a safe place to stay due to domestic or sexual violence.
CCS is funded by state and federal grants, foundations, and donations.
Canyon Creek Services provides:
- Emergency shelter
- 24/7 emergency hotline
- 24/7 hospital response
- Case management
- Housing assistance
- Community education and prevention programming
Case management includes continuing services such as safety planning and advocacy for clients who are able to move out of the shelter but continue to need support or for clients who need services but not shelter. Advocates provide assistance and support with adult and child protective orders, stalking injunctions, court appearances, hospital response, on-scene crisis intervention, and more.
The 24/7 hotline team provides:
- Hotline: 435.233.5732
- Hospital response
- Help filling out protective orders, stalking injunctions, and child protective orders
- Court support and advocacy
- Law enforcement interview accompaniment
- Case management
Since 2015, CCS has been partnering with local law enforcement in a statewide effort to prevent deaths related to domestic violence. The nationwide Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) is a tool that first responders use to identify "high-risk domestic violence victims" – those at risk of being seriously injured or killed by a partner or family member – through a series of 11 questions. When someone has been identified as high-risk, a first responder calls the hotline and encourages the victim to talk with an advocate. The advocate talks about available resources like emergency shelter, counseling, and legal advocacy.
From July 2018 to June 2019, CCS served over 750 survivors, 193 of them seeking emergency shelter. CCS gave presentations within the community 70 different times, with over 14,000 participants.
From July 2017 to June 2018, 172 victims were assessed with the LAP tool, 137 of whom screened as high-risk. CCS provided these victims with options for emergency shelter, counseling, legal advocacy, and/or emergency financial assistance for those who needed a new place to live.
A lack of state and government funding provides a very significant barrier in providing adequate services. In addition, CCS is in a rural setting with limited resources.
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Abuse and violence
Housing and homelessness
December 18, 2017
Date updated or reviewed
January 6, 2020
Suggested citation: Rural Health Information Hub, 2020. Canyon Creek Services [online]. Rural Health Information Hub. Available at: https://www.ruralhealthinfo.org/project-examples/996 [Accessed 27 October 2020]
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