Minnesota

By the Numbers

Summary

  • In 2017, there were 19 reported intimate partner femicides in Minnesota.1
  • In 2017, ten of the reported intimate partner femicides in Minnesota were committed with a firearm.2
  • In 2015, there were 22,760 active protection orders in the National Crime Information Center for Minnesota, 4,180 of which had a disqualifying Brady Indicator.3

Fatalities

There were 187 reported intimate partner femicides between 2008 and 2017, 50% (n=93) of which were committed with firearms.4

Intimate Partner Femicides
Intimate Partner Femicide by Firearm
Intimate Partner Femicides in Minnesota, 2008-2017

Notes:

  1. Intimate partner femicides include women who were murdered in cases where the suspected, alleged, or convicted perpetrator was a current or former husband, boyfriend, or male intimate partner.
  2. In the original 2008 report, it was stated there were 21 intimate partner femicides; however, that number was changed to 23 in the 2017 report. As such, the updated domestic violence femicide count for 2008 is used.
  3. In 2013, it was reported that 42% of 25 intimate partner femicides were committed with firearms which equals exactly 10.5. Via direct communication with the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, it was clarified that there were 10 intimate partner femicides by firearm in 2013.

Intimate Partner Violence* Victimization and Related Impacts*

The lifetime prevalence* of any contact sexual violence*, physical violence,* and/or stalking victimization* by an intimate partner* in Minnesota is:

Females

33.9% Experienced IPV
66.1% No IPV

Among female victims in Minnesota who experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime, 56.9% were concerned for safety, 30.6% were injured, 14.4% needed medical care, and 17.9% needed legal services.5

Males

25.1% Experienced IPV
74.9% No IPV

Statistically reliable estimates of the percentage of male victims in Minnesota who experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime who were concerned for safety, injured, needed medical care, or needed legal services are not available.6

Domestic Violence Protection Orders

Protection Orders Active in the National Crime Information Center for Minnesota, 2006-2015

There were 22,760 active protection orders in the National Crime Information Center for Minnesota in 2015, 4,180 of which had a disqualifying Brady Indicator.7

Protection Orders in the National Crime Information Center
Protection Orders with Disqualifying Brady Indicator

Note:

State participation in the National Crime Information Center protection order file is voluntary, thus the extent to which states enter the orders into the system varies. Regardless of how each state refers to such orders, these records are uniformly referred to as “protection orders” in the National Crime Information Center database.

Definitions

  • Contact sexual violence: Combined measure that includes rape, being made to penetrate someone else, sexual coercion, and/or unwanted sexual contact.
  • Intimate partner femicides: For Minnesota, intimate partner femicides includes cases of women murdered where the suspected, alleged, or convicted perpetrator was a current or former husband, boyfriend, intimate partner, household member, or family member.
  • Intimate partner: Romantic or sexual partner and includes spouses, boyfriends, girlfriends, people with whom they dated, were seeing, or “hooked up.”
  • Intimate partner violence: The five types of intimate partner violence measured in the NISVS include sexual violence, stalking, physical violence, psychological aggression, and control of reproductive/sexual health. Sexual violence includes rape, being made to penetrate someone else, sexual coercion, unwanted sexual contact, and non-contact unwanted sexual experiences.
  • Intimate partner violence related impacts: For each perpetrator of domestic violence, the NISVS survey asks victims about specific direct impacts related to intimate partner violence to better understand the consequences of contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner.
  • Lifetime prevalence:Proportion of a population who, at some point in life, have ever experienced the characteristic or condition.
  • Protection orders with a disqualifying Brady Indicator: Protection orders related to domestic violence that have been identified as those that prohibit the individual from receiving or possessing firearms under federal law.
  • Physical violence: A range of behaviors from slapping, pushing, or shoving to severe acts that include being hit with a fist or something hard, kicked, hurt by pulling hair, slammed against something, tried to hurt by choking or suffocating, beaten, burned on purpose, or used a knife or gun.
  • Stalking victimization: Pattern of harassing or threatening tactics used by a perpetrator that is both unwanted and causes fear or safety concerns in the victim.

This page was updated September 6, 2018. Please note that data used are the most recent available data.