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Do you know a victim of domestic violence? There is help at DPS.

Oct 25, 2022 03:53PM ● By Editor
From the Minnesota Department of Public Safety • October 25, 2022

At least 20 women and one man lost their lives to domestic violence in Minnesota last year. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), those tragedies are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to domestic violence.

In Minnesota, 33.9 percent of women and 25.1 percent of men experience intimate partner physical violence, sexual violence or stalking in their lifetime, according to NCADV. On a typical day, local domestic violence hotlines receive approximately 19,159 calls, approximately 13 calls every minute.

“When I was police chief in St. Paul, I discovered that domestic violence was the most frequent violent crime committed in my city and it was all too often preventable," said Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The month evolved from NCADV's Day of Unity, which was created to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. Since then, the event has grown to encompass more of the complexities of domestic violence, taking an entire month to share resources, build awareness and celebrate those who have survived.

“Awareness reminds people that they can get help, that they should seek help and there is help waiting for them," said Harrington. “We are working to help break the cycle of domestic violence, not only through this Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but throughout the year."

Our Office of Justice Programs supports domestic violence programs across the state and provides information in several languages to those who have been a victim of domestic violence.

One of the most dangerous and insidious truths about domestic violence is it's easy to ignore if it's not visible. Similar to an iceberg, there's a lot more than what is visible above the surface, and that's true for individuals, communities, and cultures.

You can help by understanding the warning signs and showing survivors that you are on their side without judging them.

Victims of domestic violence may:

  • Exhibit bruises, cuts, or other injuries they cannot explain.
  • Wear long-sleeved clothing, even in warm weather.
  • Make frequent excuses for their partner's absence.
  • Isolate themselves from friends and family, or stop participating in activities they once enjoyed.

If you are concerned, you can start a conversation. Make sure you listen more than you talk and respect their wishes. Validate their experiences and offer to help connect them with resources.

Domestic violence can impact anyone, anywhere. It happens in every community. If it's happening to you, you're not alone. Go to DayOneServices.org or call 866-223-1111 for help.

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