Civic Buzz - League of Women Voters Minneapolis
The Civic Buzz meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Black Forest Inn Banquet Room, Nicollet Avenue S. at 26th St. W. in Minneapolis. We gather at 5:30. You can order drinks and food and we begin our meeting at 6:15 and end at 7:30. Each month we have a speaker followed by discussion. Each month will have a new topic/issue for discussion. Anyone interested in discussing pressing topics related to citizen engagement are invited. A discussion with the League of Women Voters means that all voices are heard and we take opinions seriously. In the end, we all learn something new and hopefully have a broader understanding of the issues. Civic Buzz is co-sponsored by Whittier Alliance.

Domestic Violence: How Big is this Issue in Minneapolis?

January Civic Buzz · Tuesday, January 3, 2017

How is the city of Minneapolis responding to domestic Violence?

What can you do?

A discussion of this issue as it relates to the city of Minneapolis: how is the criminal justice system responding? What can the community response be?

Our focus will be to concentrate specifically on the issue as it relates to the city of Minneapolis, how the criminal justice system is responding to the issue, what advocates are doing in Minneapolis to help victims, and finally what the community response can be, what can you learn about this actually and do?? There is a lot you can do.  Expect to walk away knowing next steps to take.

We could fill Target Field 17 times with the Minnesotagetfileattachment women who have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking. *

Our guest speakers:

Carol ArthurCarol Arthur who serves as Chair of the Board for Global Rights for Women and has presented at numerous state, national and international conferences on the topics of coordinated community response to domestic violence, research collaboration and effects of domestic violence on children.

imagesMichelle Jacobson, Minneapolis Supervising City Attorney,  who will be presenting information about Minneapolis stats (911 calls, cases dealt with by Minneapolis City Attorney’s Office), police response, how things have changed over time in successfully dealing with these cases.

getattachmentthumbnail-1Vanessa Foster, a Minneapolis Legal Advocate with 10 years experience and who is also the Co-Chair of the Family Violence Coordinating Council’s Advocate sub-committee and recently nominated for the Journey of Hope award  through the Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project for her work in the Order for Protection court.

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* Status of Women and Girls in Minnesota page 11

Women’s Foundation of Minnesota