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Thirty-seven domestic violence homicides in 2013 mobilizes bi-partisan bills

On Tuesday, Jan. 28, the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women (MCBW) released the 2013 edition of the Femicide Report. The 25th release of the Femicide Report memorializes the 37 Minnesotans known to be killed due to domestic violence in 2013.

Since 1989, the Femicide Report has provided annual documentation on intimate partner homicides across the state of Minnesota. It includes an overview of the 37 known homicides due to domestic violence, descriptive analysis of the characteristics related to lethal domestic violence, and recommendations for community response, making the Femicide Report the only document of its kind in Minnesota.

At the Femicide Report release, it was reported there were at least 37 domestic-violence related murders: at least 24 women were murdered by a current or former intimate partner; at least 7 men were murdered by an intimate partner; at least 6 friends and family members were murdered; and 12 minor children were left without parents.

In addition to reviewing key findings from 2013, the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women provided a policy analysis, as well as legislative and community response, to domestic violence in Minnesota.

“Domestic violence homicides in 2013 heightened public concern and mobilized Minnesotans to action,” said Rebekah Moses, Program Manager in Public Policy for the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women. “Safety must be a priority and recognized as a core issue at the legislature and beyond. We are all impacted: in our workplaces, schools, homes, courts and community.”

The briefing included perspectives from Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell and Deb Lustig, Criminal Justice Coordinator at Hope Center, Faribault, each detailing their experiences with survivors of domestic violence and the challenges they face through current law.

Two pieces of bi-partisan legislation have been filed: one provides domestic violence victims a right to notification of a convicted offender’s location upon release from incarceration; the other increases law enforcement’s ability to apprehend and arrest domestic violence perpetrators who have fled the scene of the crime, or are gone-on-arrival.

The bi-partisan authors and co-authors of the two legislative items include Sen. Jensen, Sen. Tomassoni, Sen. Kent, Rep. Yarusso, Rep. Rosenthal, Rep. Cornish, Rep. M. Dean, Rep. Schoen and Rep. Halverson.

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