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February 16, 2012 in Archive, Domestic Violence, Events, Uncategorized

Results from the 2010 Minnesota Crime Victim Survey

Thursday, March 1, 2012, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Greater Twin Cities United Way, Minneapolis

Domestic Violence has a crippling effect on our community. An estimated 200,000 women and men experience domestic violence each year in Minnesota. Nationally, women lose 8 million paid days of work a year, which translates to roughly 133,000 lost days of work in Minnesota. Join us for a presentation about Domestic Violence: Results from the 2010 Crime Victim Survey, a new report to be released in March through the partnership of United Way and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety-Office of Justice Programs.


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February 1, 2012 in Archive, Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence

A new ally joins fight to end teen sex trade
Reposted from the Star Tribune

Women’s Foundation of Minnesota has launched a $4 million campaign to halt trafficking of teen girls.

Terry Williams stood in front of guests at a swank Wayzata home on a recent evening, carrying a message that wasn’t exactly cocktail party fare. Surrounded by lovely furniture and a glowing fireplace, she showed them a gritty film titled “Minnesota Girls Are Not for Sale.” For the next 45 minutes, a dozen guests sipping wine learned about a new $4 million, five-year campaign to halt sex trafficking of teenage girls.

“Most people are quite shocked that this is happening,” said Williams, of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, the campaign’s sponsor.

Such unlikely house parties are taking off across the metro area, as the foundation launches the first philanthropic campaign in Minnesota — and one of a handful in the nation — focused on teen sex trafficking. Read the rest of this entry →


December 15, 2011 in Archive, Domestic Violence, Uncategorized

Family Violence Year in Review
Dave Ellis, United Way, Community Partnership Manager

The Family Violence community has had a productive and impressive year with the launch of many new programs and initiatives. We have, as well, sustained the loss of family violence agencies while new ones have formed to fill the gap and carry on best practices amid dwindling funding and resources.

Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery, whose The Nursery Way model for working with families, and Cornerstone Advocacy Service new teen dating violence website, are among the many stellar programs in our community continuing to provide essential services that support victims of violence and create inroads toward eliminating it. Read the rest of this entry →

Making the Voices of Children Heard

October 13, 2011 in Archive, Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, Uncategorized

As we near the middle of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we want to encourage you to share this new interactive resource,, with colleges and other professionals and complete the training module for yourself.

Together through this learning module the voices of children who have experienced domestic violence are elevated to ensure that they are better heard, understood and responded to by social service providers.

Decriminalizing Domestic Violence To Save Money

October 13, 2011 in Archive, Domestic Violence, Uncategorized

Reposted from ThinkProgress

Faced with their worst budget crises since the Great Depression, states and cities have resorted to increasingly desperate measures to cut costs. State and local governments have laid off teachers, slashed Medicaid funding, and even started unpaving roads and turning off streetlights.

But perhaps the most shocking idea to save money is being debated right now by the City Council of Topeka, Kansas. The city could repeal an ordinance banning domestic violence because some say the cost of prosecuting those cases is just too high:

Last night, in between approving city expenditures and other routine agenda items, the Topeka, Kansas City Council debated one rather controversial one: decriminalizing domestic violence.

Here’s what happened: Last month, the Shawnee County District Attorney’s office, facing a 10% budget cut, announced that the county would no longer be prosecuting misdemeanors, including domestic violence cases, at the county level. Finding those cases suddenly dumped on the city and lacking resources of their own, the Topeka City Council is now considering repealing the part of the city code that bans domestic battery. […]

Since the county stopped prosecuting the crimes on September 8th, it has turned back 30 domestic violence cases. Sixteen people have been arrested for misdemeanor domestic battery and then released from the county jail after charges weren’t filed. “Letting abusive partners out of jail with no consequences puts victims in incredibly dangerous positions,” said Becky Dickinson of the YWCA. “The abuser will often become more violent in an attempt to regain control.”

The YMCA also said that some survivors were afraid for their safety if the dispute wasn’t resolved soon. Town leaders and the district attorney all agree that domestic abuse cases should be prosecuted — but no one would step up to foot the bill. The city council is expected to make its decision on decriminalizing domestic violence next week, but the back-and-forth over funding has already put battered women and their families at increased risk of harm. Read the rest of this entry →

Scenes From the Summit

September 14, 2011 in Archive, Domestic Violence, Uncategorized




September 1, 2011 in Archive, Blog, Domestic Violence, Research, Uncategorized

2010 Crime Victim Survey Released

We recently completed the initial analysis of the 2010 Minnesota Crime Victim Survey and presented them at the United Against Violence Summit. The Crime Victim Survey is the result of a partnership between Greater Twin Cities United Way and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs. This is the second time we’ve done the survey (the first was in 2007). Data was collected January-April of 2011, asking about experiences with crime in 2010. Using a mail survey methodology with a random sample of residents throughout Minnesota, we obtained a response rate of 60% (which is excellent for a mail survey and represents more than 6,000 completed surveys).

Crime Victim Survey Summary
Minnesota Department of Public Safety-Office of Justice Programs

One of the main reasons for the Crime Victim Survey partnership is to obtain data around domestic violence, specifically: How many Minnesotans are affected by domestic violence, whether they call the police (and if not, why not), and what kind of actions they take in response to the violence.

We found that 5% of survey respondents reported they had experienced domestic violence in 2010. While that may not seem like a lot, translated into population numbers, that’s more than 200,000 adults experiencing domestic violence—just in 2010. Domestic violence victims are more likely to be young (ages 18-25), female, and single or divorced.

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United Against Violence Summit LIVE Video Stream

August 22, 2011 in Archive, Domestic Violence

Click here for the LIVE video stream

Summit Video Stream Schedule

The video stream will start at 8:00 a.m. CST on Tuesday, August 23. This event will be streamed from 8:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.; breakout sessions will not be streamed.

8:00-8:15 a.m. Violence in Minnesota
Sarah Caruso, President and CEO, Greater Twin Cities United Way

8:15-9:15 a.m. Collective Impact
Jeff Edmundson, President, Strive

9:15-9:45 a.m. Crime Victims Survey Results and Q&A
Liz Peterson, Greater Twin Cities United Way
Jeri Boisvert, MN Department of Public Safety

10:15-11:30 a.m. Keynote and Q&A: Adverse Childhood Experiences
Rob Anda, Senior Scientific Consultant, CDC

11:30-1:00 p.m. LUNCH
Inspiring Presentation
Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Chairman and former CEO, Carlson

1:00-1:45 p.m. Statewide Plan release and Q&A
Minnesota Alliance Against Violence

Please review the Breakouts & Agenda for more information. Materials from all presentations and breakout sessions will be posted on the Family Violence Community page immediately following the Summit so be sure to check back.

This live stream is being provided by Alpha Video. Note: If you are a Mac user, you will NOT be able to view in Safari. Please use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox instead.

MPR Series on Domestic Violence

March 2, 2011 in Archive, Domestic Violence

United Front will feature audio here on the Family Violence page  from Minnesota Public Radio’s series on Domestic Violence.  Be sure to check back throughout the week.

Wednesday, March 2: Calls from jail shed light on intimate crime

Tuesday, March 1: St. Paul Cops to Focus on Domestic Violence Cases

A Youth Perspective on Domestic Violence

February 28, 2011 in Archive, Domestic Violence

MPR Series Give Youth a Voice to Tell Their Stories

MPR Youth Reporter Valencia McMurray, 19, left, and her mother Charlene Sanders

Minnesota Public Radio’s Youth Radio series, which connects high school and college students of diverse backgrounds with professional MPR reports,  takes a look at the impact of domestic violence on the lives of young people.   

Witnessing parents involved in violent situations has a devasting impact on the lives of  young people who themselves often become abusers or abused.  In this audio installment, 19-year-old Valencia McMurray, Richfield, MN, recounts the horror of seeing her father attack her mother when she was just six years old.

Star Tribune:  In Anoka County,  a sad pattern of abuse