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How domestic abuse leads to violence — The COLD case of Susan and Josh Powell

On this episode of Voices of Reason, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee talk about the issue of domestic abuse and when what may appear to be a typical marriage situation behind the scenes devolves into abuse and violence. Joining us are Jennifer Oxborrow, executive director of the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition and Dave Cawley, creator and host of the hit KSL podcast COLD — which has over a million downloads. We discuss the dysfunctional relationship story of Susan and Josh Powell.

If you are someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse in Utah, please call toll free at 1-800-897-5465 (LINK). Anywhere else in the U.S., call the The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. Someone is available 24/7 to take your call.


About the author, Amy

For nearly three decades, Amy has been telling other people’s stories. As a professional journalist, she’s covered everything from crime to education, spending the last 19 years in sports. As an award-winning writer and columnist, she wrote about high school and college athletics, as well as covering six Olympic Games. Born in Utah, Amy moved to Alaska in junior high and graduated from Robert Service High School in Anchorage. She graduated from both Snow College and the University of Utah, and she has worked as a journalist in Salt Lake City since 1990. She co-hosted a high school radio show for over a decade, and she co-founded Voices of Reason podcast with her Deseret News colleague Jasen Lee. She is a wife, a mother, a grandmother and a devoted foster to animals hoping to find a home of their own.

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