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Domestic violence month awareness

October is domestic violence month, and a time to advocate against gender-based violence. During 2018, Minnesota had 14 domestic violence-related deaths, according to the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women.

You can make a difference with this serious issue.

  1. Be there if someone has been affected by domestic violence. “We know it usually takes seven-plus times for a person to leave a domestic violence situation and that person will at significantly higher risk of lethal violence when they do,” Crime Victim Liaison Biiftuu Ibrahim Adam said.
  2. Don’t be afraid to call the police, 952-563-4900 or call 911 for an emergency. 
  3. If you or someone you know experiences domestic violence, get help. Call the Cornerstone Advocacy Service, 952-884-0330, Standpoint Action Line, 612-343-9842 or the Minnesota Day One 24 Crisis Line, 866-223-1111 (text 612-399-9995.)
  4. Help raise awareness. Participate in national wear purple day to recognize efforts to end domestic violence on Thursday, October 24. Post on social media with #DVAM2019. 

For more information, visit blm.mn/violence.