10 years after Susan Cox Powell went missing, domestic violence remains an issue in Utah

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Susan Powell, who disappeared in 2009. (Courtesy Cox family)

Ten years after the disappearance and presumed murder of Susan Cox Powell, domestic violence remains a scourge in Utah and nationally.

In 2010, after her disappearance, family and friends of Susan established the The Susan Cox Powell Foundation with the mission to:

  • To assist families of missing persons by providing no-cost strategic media consulting services to ensure that their loved one’s face and name remain in the public eye as long as possible
  • To research and catalog resources across the United States that may be helpful to families of missing persons in an effort to create a resource clearinghouse for other families to use in their time of crisis
  • To support domestic violence prevention efforts and to participate in community and school-based education about domestic violence prevention with a special emphasis on recognizing the early signs of abuse

By July of this year along with the infamous killing of Utah student MacKenzie Lueck, at least 10 Utah women were dead as the result of domestic violence.

“This problem needs to be solved by all of us. It shouldn’t be carried on the backs of women,” state Rep. Angela Romero said in a previous interview with KUTV.

Jenn Oxborrow, executive director of the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition, said domestic violence can happen in marriages, dating relationships, friendships or between acquaintances. She said domestic violence has decreased somewhat in the last 20 years, but deaths have increased. In Lueck's case, and in others, there is a concern that the deaths are sometimes attributed to the actions of the victims.

Such beliefs can deter women from getting help.

The coalition's 24-hour phone number is 1-800-897-5465. Visit its website at

Other resources avil for those facing the danger and difficulties of domestic violence:

  • U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
  • Friends and Family of Violent Crime Victims Hotline: 1-800-346-7555
  • Crime Victims Assistance Network 24 hr toll free: 1-866-711-2826
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
  • Child sexual abuse prevention: Child Helpline - 1.888.PREVENT (773-8368) not available 24 hours
  • Child Help: 1.800.4ACHILD (422.4452) 24 hours

On Friday a panel featuring journalists, domestic violence advocates and domestic violence survivors will hold a free public panel to talk about the Powell case. KUTV's Chris Jones is among those featured on the panel.