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.
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.
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.
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.
Since 2012, the Peace House team has been taking steps toward building a new community campus. Transitional Housing and Childcare will be a key part of the new campus, completing the continuum of care by giving survivors time to work towards complete independence. 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 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.
"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