Hope, Justice, & Healing

For Utah Homicide Survivors

Our Mission

Help families of homicide victims receive hope, justice, and healing


Many families of homicide victims feels lost, angry, isolated, and scared. We're here to help. Let us lift the burden of the navigating the courts and legal system off your shoulders.


Justice after losing a loved one to homicide is an important aspect of the healing process. Seeking justice can provide a sense of closure and a feeling of accountability for the person who caused the death of your loved one. Pursuing justice can involve working with law enforcement and legal professionals to ensure that the person responsible is held accountable for their actions.

This may include going through the criminal justice system and attending trials or sentencing hearings. While justice may not bring back your loved one or take away the pain of their loss, it can provide a sense of validation and a sense of peace that the person who caused their death is being held accountable for their actions.


Healing after losing a loved one to homicide can be a long and difficult process. It is a traumatic experience that can leave you feeling overwhelmed and devastated. You may experience a range of emotions, such as shock, anger, guilt, and profound sadness. It is important to seek support from family, friends, and professionals who can provide comfort, understanding, and guidance.

Healing may involve working through grief, finding ways to honor and remember your loved one, and seeking justice for their death. While the pain may never fully go away, with time and support, you can learn to cope and find ways to move forward with your life.

Our Impact

Provided legal and social services to over 200 families of homicide victims since April 2019
Recovered over $5.75 million in assets for surviving family members
Over 2,000 legal filings, court assistance, social services, group therapy sessions and other actions on behalf of victims since April 2019
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Utah Homicide Survivors

Utah Homicide Survivors started in April 2019 after founder, Brandon Merrill saw a gap in services for families of homicide victims in Utah. Utah Homicide Survivors received its first VOCA grant in July 2019 and has been serving families of homicide victims ever since.

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