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. The 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 possible to victims of domestic violence.
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.
Our mission is simple—to provide victims of domestic violence the most comprehensive and compassionate services possible.
Peace House 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, seven 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.
In 2016, Peace House opened a licensed clinical therapy office that provides counseling and case-management services to victims living at home or at the shelter.
Since 2012, the Peace House team has taken steps toward building a new community campus. Transitional housing and childcare will be a key part of the campus, and help to complete the continuum of care by giving survivors time to work toward independence and stability. Our Community Campus OPENED in SEPTEMBER 2019.
The Future of Peace House
The new Peace House community campus has a greater reach and influence, providing not just a place for victims to receive help, but an incubator of healthy relationships—including education and counseling programs to help prevent problems before they start. The community campus is no longer at an undisclosed location thanks to increased site security.