Charting the Course




Crime victims were granted the right to make a victim impact statement at sentencing.

The United States Congress amended the Victims of Crime Act, which required state victim compensation programs to make awards to victims of domestic violence.

Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women (MCBW) began to produce the annual Femicide Report.

Paul Wellstone was elected United States Senator from Minnesota. Paul and his wife Sheila, became strong advocates for battered women and respective legislation.

U.S. Senator Joe Biden introduced the first Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

1989... Monitoring Femicide in Minnesota In Minnesota in 1989: At least 18 women were murdered in cases where the suspected, alleged, or convicted perpetrator was a current or former husband, boyfriend, intimate partner or household/family

Alexandra House is a member of the Minnesota Coalition for Batttered Women.

member of the woman. —MCBW Femicide Report

In 1989, the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women (MCBW) began to monitor and report on the number of femicides committed in Minnesota. The first and subsequent reports contained the number of people murdered due to domestic violence; however, the report could not reveal the enormous impact those deaths had on surviving family members, loved ones, and the community at large. Domestic violence and domestic homicide have a devastating effect on every person living in Minnesota. Compiling and sharing this information was a stark reminder to the community that domestic violence can be deadly and ensured that these brutal murders did not go unnoticed and were used as a spring board for action.


1988 Femicide Report published by MCBW

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