Our Story

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Our History

In 1992, a local woman lost her life at the hands of her estranged husband in a Park City parking lot. This event energized community leaders to actively address domestic violence. A Domestic Peace Task Force was formed and in 1995 the Peace House shelter was built. For the first few years, Peace House was operated entirely by volunteers. Today, thanks to donations and grants, we retain a full-time professional staff. However we continue to rely on our generous volunteers to provide the best services to victims of domestic violence possible.

Our Mission

In Utah, 1 in 3 women will face domestic violence in her lifetime. Peace House is dedicated to ending family violence and abuse through education, outreach, support services, and safe housing. We rely heavily on volunteers and community support to meet our mission and keep the doors open.

In my time of mental and physical turmoil, Peace House was there for me and my little darlings. When I thought life was a nightmare filled with darkness, you gave me hope and helped me into the light. I want to share the hope, peace, and love you’ve given me with others.
Shelter Client

Our mission is simple—to provide victims of domestic violence the most comprehensive and compassionate services possible.

Peace House of Today

Today, the shelter is a state-licensed facility with trained staff on-site, year-round. Our Peace House victim advocates answer calls for assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. In the years since it began as a safe haven for victims of domestic violence, Peace House has evolved. In collaboration with local partners, our program now includes community prevention and awareness programs. These programs are designed to reduce violence, abuse, and bullying in Summit and Wasatch County schools and communities.

Since 2012, the Peace House team has been taking steps toward building a new community campus that will offer additional services to victims of domestic violence. Transitional housing will be part of the new campus, completing the continuum of care by giving survivors time to work towards complete independence.

In 2016 Peace House opened a licensed clinical therapy office which provides counseling and case management services to victims living at home or at the shelter.

The Future of Peace House

The Peace House Community Campus will have greater reach and influence, providing not just a place for victims to receive help, but an incubator of healthy relationships—including education and counseling communities to help prevent problems before they start. The new community campus will no longer be at an undisclosed location due to increased site security. For more information, see the Thrive Campaign.

"Stepping out of the shadows and into the light will allow our community to honestly and holistically address the issue of domestic abuse, while minimizing the stigma and uncertainty of seeking support.”—Peace House Activist

 

Follow the Thrive Campaign and our news and events page to learn more as our campus nears completion.