Voices Against Violence
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Because fit mothers are losing custody and children are being harmed, supporters of Safe Child Act want to make sure family court focuses on child safety over parents rights By TESHA M. CHRISTENSEN … more
Editor's note: Due to the sensitive nature of this topic, this column by a local resident is being run anonymously. Like most people who have experienced intimate partner violence, I was not … more
Local and national staff, along with Carmen Yulín Cruz (mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico), and Teresa Rodriguez, from Univision, who served as the emcee of Casa de Esperanza’s 35th Anniversary … more
DIVING DEEPER Now in its 30th edition, the Femicide Report has a new name: the Intimate Partner Homicide Report coinciding with the renaming of the Minnesota Battered Women's Coalition to Violence … more
We are not believed about our own lives Dear Editor: Thank you for interviewing Leigh Ann Block and, presumably, believing her story. Unlike the lawyers, judges and social workers who cared … more
Violence Free Minnesota Executive Director points out abuser more likely to get custody in contested cases than mom    By TESHA M. CHRISTENSEN Over the past 40-year history, the Minnesota Coalition … more
Mother warned officials ex-husband was dangerous before he killed child and himself By TESHA M. CHRISTENSEN Mikayla Olson Tester might be a happy 21-year-old woman today if the family court … more
Abused for years by her dad and a troubled system, Renee and mom are finally free Renee and mother Nadine fought for some normalcy during her childhood despite her father's abuse. Today, they are … more
HER STORY IN HER OWN WORDS Editor’s note: The text below was from a speech Nadine wrote and gave at two Twin Cities churches during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We have used just her … more
She finally left, but the abuse continues through court system In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness month, the Messenger is launching a new series that seeks to puts a face on domestic abuse … more
  Domestic violence (also called intimate partner violence (IPV), domestic abuse or relationship abuse) is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another … more
ALLY is a beautiful, independent, charismatic woman who is a single mother and full-time student and paralegal. However, her life wasn’t always like this. She spent many years in a very … more
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