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Canyon Creek Services

Summary 
  • 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, and community education.
  • Results: From July 2017 to June 2018, CCS served over 720 survivors, 202 of them seeking emergency shelter. CCS presented within the community 56 different times with 1,443 participants.

Description

Founded in 1996, Canyon Creek Services (CCS, formerly known as Canyon Creek Women's Crisis Center) 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.

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Canyon Creek Services has a temporary emergency shelter for individuals in need of a safe place to stay due to domestic or sexual violence. This safe house has security cameras and alarm systems as well as staff available 24/7 to provide necessities like food, clothing, and emotional support. The shelter also has onsite programming like classes on boundaries, healthy relationships, and children's groups.

The CCWCC is funded by state and federal grants, foundations, and donations.

Services offered

Canyon Creek Services provides:

  • Emergency shelter
  • 24/7 emergency hotline
  • 24/7 hospital response
  • Case management
  • Housing assistance
  • Community education
  • Awareness 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 those who need services but not shelter. Our 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 emergency 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
  • Referrals to community resources

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.

Results

From July 2017 to June 2018, CCS served over 720 survivors, 202 of them seeking emergency shelter. CCS gave presentations within the community 56 different times, with 1,443 participants.

From July 2017 to June 2018, 169 victims were assessed with the LAP tool, 130 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.

The LAP tool has been featured in the following media publications:

  • ABC 4 Utah, with video: Pilot Program Helps Police Identify Severe Domestic Violence, Intervene before Cases Turn Lethal
  • NPR Utah: Utah Communities Try New Approach to Prevent Domestic Violence Homicides
  • Deseret News: Saving Lives: Pilot Program Aims to Prevent Domestic Violence Deaths in Utah

Barriers

A lack of state and government funding provides a very significant barrier in providing services. In addition, CCS is in a rural setting with limited resources.

Replication

Enlist the help and partnership of various organizations in your community: the hospital, law enforcement, and other social service organizations. Build a strong board with strong ties to the community and your cause. Enlist volunteers to help lessen the burden. Be creative in the way you utilize these volunteers throughout your organization.

Contact Information

Roxy Burkhart, Awareness and Prevention Director
Canyon Creek Services
435.867.9411
Roxy@ccwcc.org

Topics
Abuse and violence
Housing and homelessness

States served
Utah

Date added
December 18, 2017

Date updated or reviewed
January 18, 2019


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