Skip to main content

Domestic violence homicides at five-year high in Minnesota

There was a noticeable spike during the pandemic in 2020.

At least 30 Minnesotans died as the result of intimate partner violence in 2020 — the highest number in five years. 

That's the finding of a new report by Violence Free Minnesota, a statewide coalition of local programs aimed at combating domestic violence. 

The report — which the group has conducted annually for over 30 years — found that in 2020, at least 20 Minnesota women and at least one man were murdered in "cases where the suspected, alleged, or convicted perpetrator was a current or former intimate partner."

Additionally, at least nine "friends, family members or bystanders" were murdered in domestic violence cases.

Meanwhile, no fewer than 20 minor children were left without a parent due to intimate partner violence, the report says.

The numbers was compiled using public records, though Violence Free Minnesota points out that "there are some victims whose stories are not included because their death was never reported as a homicide, and their trauma never placed within the context of relationship abuse" — meaning the total could be higher than what this year's report found.

The group also notes that "one year's data does not indicate a trend," as the homicide totals "fluctuate and can vary significantly from year to year."

Nonetheless, the 2020 spike — the highest since Violence Free Minnesota's 2015 report, which recorded 33 homicides — came amid a nationwide rise in domestic violence due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

As a UC Davis study notes, the social isolation brought about by quarantine played a major role, as "victims and aggressors, or potential aggressors in a relationship, cannot easily separate themselves from each other."

The researchers said that economic instability was also a factor in the increase, with millions of Americans having been struck by mass layoffs in the wake of COVID. 

On Thursday, President Joe Biden proclaimed October National Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, calling domestic violence "a pandemic within a pandemic." 

If you know anyone who is affected by domestic violence, you can find more information on services available here, via the Minnesota DPS.

You can also call the Day One Crisis Hotline at 1-866-223-1111.

Next Up

Mugshots

11 'urban explorers' face charges after being found in Fridley sewer system

A 911 caller reported seeing a group removing a manhole cover Monday night.

image

Man killed by St. Paul police ID'd by family, community demands answers

The man was identified as 24-year-old Howard Johnson.

Screen Shot 2022-12-07 at 7.38.02 AM

Quick shot of snow to impact morning commute in Twin Cities

Snow is moving into the metro Wednesday morning.

ambulance

Body found in burned out car near Bird Island identified as local farmer

The deceased is a 59-year-old man from rural Bird Island.

Screen Shot 2022-12-06 at 2.47.44 PM

Minneapolis' Khâluna named in Eater's 2022 'Best New Restaurants'

The restaurant, opened in 2021, is known for its Laotian cuisine.

ambulance, crash

3 pedestrians struck by drivers Monday in Minnesota; 2 dead

The victims involved a 39-year-old man and two 74-year-old men.

snow, plow

Shifting storm tracks: Significant storms Friday, next week?

Sven Sundgaard has the details on an interesting forecast.

Life Link

Worker suffers serious injury in rooftop fall in rural Minnesota

The man only fell a few feet, but suffered a serious leg injury.

Walz, Flanagan

Minnesota reports massive projected budget surplus of $17.6 billion

The huge surplus comes as the DFL prepares to assume a trifecta of the Legislature and the Governor's House.

Related

Man found dead near Mpls fire was victim of 'complex homicidal violence'

The fire broke out Friday morning on Central Ave. NE.

Dakota County gets $450,000 to protect women from domestic violence

The money will be used by the Electronic Crime Task Force.