MN Femicide Report
In late January the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women (MCBW) released the 2015 Femicide Report; a report compiled from news accounts, information provided by law enforcement agencies, attorneys, courts, and personal statements detailing the fatalities associated with domestic violence in Minnesota. The report outlines alarming statistics of domestic violence, but it also suggests practices for everyone from community members and criminal justice systems to media in attempt to see a reduction in these numbers in the years to come. To read the reports please visit the MCBW website - http://www.mcbw.org.
In 2015 at least 34 people in Minnesota were killed as a result of domestic violence including 22 women, nine family/friends/interveners (including four children), and three men who died as a result of domestic violence.
The report analyzes four key lethality factors: the victim’s attempts to leave the abuser, previous threats to kill the victim, perpetrator’s access to firearms, and perpetrator’s history of violence. In most of the fatal attacks women had tried to leave their abuser, the abuser had attacked before, the abuser had access to weaponry, and there was a history of violence. Thirteen of the twenty-two perpetrators had a history of violence and related charges; 76 charges between them. Only 19 of the charges resulted in convictions; the remaining 57 charges were dismissed.
The first lethality factor, while devastating, demonstrates the importance of organizations like LCRC. It is crucial that when a man or woman decides to leave their abuser they do so with the support and resources of an advocacy organization. LCRC dedicates itself to working with men and women to create a safety plan that is supported by legal protection, moral support, and a safe place to live while they rebuild their life.
Organizations like LCRC can save lives. If you or someone you know is currently suffering from abuse please call the LCRC crisis line at 218-847-7446.