Charting the Course



Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women (MCBW) and the Minnesota Coali- tion Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA) successfully rallied for the reinstatement of state advisory councils on battered women and sexual assault.

Federal Violence Against Women Act was reauthorized, thanks to the efforts of Paul and Sheila Wellstone.

MN Domestic Violence shelter funds were reduced significantly as a result of the state’s budget crisis. Alexandra House experienced nearly a $450,000 funding cut.

MN Legislation: Included interference with an emergency 911 call in the Domestic Abuse Act.

On April 1, 2001, the United States first observed Sexual Assault

The Day One Project separated from Alexandra House to become the Day One Center, Inc. in St. Paul.

Awareness Month (SAAM) nationally.

2001… Funding Cuts Impact Services In the early 2000’s, domestic violence shelters across Minnesota were reeling from massive funding cuts that occurred as a result of the State of Minnesota’s budget crisis. Alexandra House scrambled to fill the financial gap. The Ventura administration shifted the shelter reimbursement policy from a county paid, per-person “per diem” to a state-run grant program operated by the Minnesota Center for Crime Victim Services. This resulted in Alexandra House losing nearly $450,000 from 2001–2004. Alexandra House was forced to eliminate several staff positions, which resulted in a scaling back of services.

Article from the Pioneer Press detailing the impact of the funding cuts.


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