Report: 37 Died from Domestic Violence in Minn. Last Year

Updated: 01/28/2014 3:07 PM
Created: 01/28/2014 8:29 AM
By: Jennie Olson

The Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women released its report on domestic violence-related homicides in Minnesota on Tuesday.

The Minnesota Femicide Report discusses the 37 domestic violence deaths that occurred in 2013 and proposes solutions to reduce domestic violence. The report has been published annually since 1989 and offers documentation on intimate partner homicides across the state of Minnesota.

The report tracks homicides in which the known or suspected perpetrator was a current or former intimate partner, or the homicide was caused by domestic violence. It includes family members, friends and others who intervened and were killed.
Of the 37 deaths last year, 24 women and seven men were killed by current or former intimate partners. Six friends or family members were killed.

Two pieces of legislation are designed to help combat domestic violence. One gives victims a right to be notified of an offender's location after release. The other helps police arrest suspects who have fled.
The report was released during a morning press conference at the Minnesota State Capitol. Those expected to be in attendance included Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell, Hope Center Faribault Criminal Justice Coordinator Deb Lustig, MCBW Program Manager in Public Policy Rebekah Moses, and MCBW Program Manager in Communications and Public Awareness Becky Smith.

A public memorial and reception will be held at 3:30 p.m. at the Best Western Kelly Inn in St. Paul.

See the entire report here.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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