Charting the Course



The Anoka County Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) was implemented in collaboration with many partners including the Anoka County Attorney’s Office, law enforcement, municipal prosecutors, and corrections.

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Alexandra House and Anoka Ramsey Community College held a Take Back the Night gathering.

Alexandra House was awarded the Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce’s Nonprofit of the Year Award.

Minnesota Legislation: Passed the Safe Harbor Law, which among other things, added the definition of sexually

exploited youth in Minnesota’s child protection codes.

2010… Earlier Intervention Saves Lives The creation of the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) was in response to a high number of domestic homicides that occurred in Anoka County over a relatively short period of time. In response to this alarming trend, Anoka County fully committed to taking a proactive approach to address the issue of domestic violence, with a particular focus on identifying and assisting those victims at greatest risk for injury or death. Multiple Anoka County law enforcement, criminal justice, and community agencies (Alexandra House included) joined forces to develop the Lethality Assessment Program with the goal of better identifying and protecting high-risk victims of domestic violence.

“From November of 2006 through February of 2011, 11 women died in domestic homicides in Anoka County, more women, per capita, than anywhere else in the Twin Cities. Further, the County’s domestic homicide rate was nearly


twice that of its closest suburban neighbors.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune, March 28, 2011


Victim/Survivor talking to a police officer.

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