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MN Domestic Violence Report Released

Monday, August 3rd, 2009 at 7:18 am

(From the MN Dept. of Public Safety)

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety and Greater Twin Cities United Way released a detailed report examining the impact of domestic violence in the State of Minnesota, titled, “Domestic Violence: Results From the 2008 Minnesota Crime Victim Survey.”  The statewide report was based on more than 5,500 survey responses, by self-identified victims from across the state.

“Crime victim surveys are important in understanding the experiences Minnesotans have with crime, especially crime that isn’t reported to police,” says Jeri Boisvert, director of the Office of Justice Programs. “I hope those working in the domestic violence field will use this information in designing holistic interventions for victims and their families.”

Boisvert added that the crime victimization report is particularly important in examining the prevalence of domestic violence in Minnesota and for learning more about other types of crime domestic violence victims may be experiencing, especially stalking and property offenses.

“Law enforcement, counselors and others who work with domestic violence victims and family members have never had this type of data before. The study is unique not only for Minnesota, but for the nation,” says Dave Ellis, Greater Twin Cities United Way basic needs program manager. Ellis continues, “United Way and the Public Safety Department collaborating on this research is a milestone for the state and will result in enhanced services for victims and their families.”

The report examines how those who experienced domestic violence differ from those who have not. It provides insight into the number of incidents of violence victims experienced, why victims don’t report domestic violence to the police and the actions victims take in response to violence.

Analysis of the data shows that:
• In 2007, three percent of women surveyed and one percent of men reported experiencing domestic violence. Based on Minnesota’s adult population, this translates to about 57,000 women and 18,000 men experiencing domestic violence in 2007.
• Overall, 27 percent of women surveyed and seven percent of men reported that they have experienced domestic violence in their lifetime.
• More than three-quarters of those who had a sexual assault or attempted sexual assault have also experienced domestic violence in their lifetime.
• Victims of domestic violence are more likely to be employed part-time and earn less income. Three in 10 victims of domestic violence reported an annual household income of $30,000 or less.
• On average, respondents who have been abused experienced three episodes of domestic violence in 2007, but reported fewer than one episode to police.
• About four in 10 respondents who experienced domestic violence in 2007 ended their relationship, while about three in 10 respondents reported that they took no action in response to the violence.
• Victims of domestic violence victims feel less safe than do other Minnesotans; domestic violence victims of color are even less likely to feel safe in their community and are more likely to fear being a victim of violent crime.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs assists crime victims, provides leadership and resources to reduce crime in Minnesota, and improves the functioning of the criminal justice system.

Greater Twin Cities United Way addresses our community’s most critical issues through the Agenda for Lasting Change — 10 measurable goals to create lasting solutions. Greater Twin Cities United Way is an independent organization serving Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties.

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