Tuesday morning the latest statewide Femicide report was released by the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women. The findings show at least 21 people died in Minnesota as a result of domestic violence last year. That’s down from the 34 who were killed statewide in 2015 and the 23 who died in 2014. But even one death, is one too many. And while women make up the majority of victims, men can be targeted too.
Here at Dakota County we want our residents to know this: No matter the circumstances, domestic violence is never okay. And if you — or someone you know — is experiencing domestic violence, we want to get you help.
360 Communities provides two domestic violence shelters: one in Eagan, another in Hastings. If you’d like help navigating the court system — or even just emotional support — they have trained advocates standing by. Their hotlines are available 24/7; just call 651-452-7288 (Eagan Lewis House) or 651-437-1291 (Hastings Lewis House). Since its inception in 1979, Lewis House has provided safety and support to more than 80,000 survivors of domestic violence. They can help you too.
Additionally, you can find applications for an Order for Protection (OFP, for short) at all Dakota County Court facilities. Approval of your application entitles you to court-ordered protection from your abuser. It’s free to file and there is no cost to you when the order is served on the respondent. If you want to know more about the process, call 952-985-1200 (Metro area) or 1-800-293-8451 (Non-metro area). Confronting Domestic Violence
For more information, see the 2016 Femicide Report.