Deep Dive: How Legislators and Law Enforcement Are Divided on Using Force on Students

The contentious debate in the legislature continues about whether chokeholds can be used on students. This represents recent discussion by a variety of voices, from law enforcement to students to pediatric health specialists.
Shea Holt photo taken by Sarah Whiting at the 2023 Minnesota Women's Press event

How Youth Violence Happens:  A Conversation With Shea Holt 

A bruise I can feel today, tomorrow, maybe the next day. But the things that are harder to heal from are unseen. 

Commentary: It’s Past Time to Talk and Write Much Better About Gender-Based Violence

"Achieving a violence free Minnesota demands that we explicitly name domestic violence when and where it occurs, and that it remains a matter of community action before, during, and after tragedies like these—not just when first responders are killed in their attempts to assist."

Highest Known Number of Minnesotans Killed From Domestic Violence in 2023

Violence Free Minnesota was able to confirm 39 known victims in 2023. This is the highest confirmed number of known deaths from domestic violence since the coalition started tracking intimate partner homicides in 1989.

The Erroneous Link Between Mental Illness and Violence

We are focused on mental illness as being key to  violence prevention — but it accounts for only five percent of the violence. 

SERIES: Debunking One of the Four Myths of Crime

Over the past year of “Re-Imagining Public Safety” conversations, we have noted four common but mistaken perceptions about violence and crime.

2023 Changemaker Rhonda Martinson: Policing the Response to Domestic Violence

They are not solely a critique of police policies and practices, but a way to understand the “why” behind missing pieces that block support for victims.

The Audacity to Be Asian in Rural America

Most people I knew in my hometown could not grasp why I cared so much about six Asian women murdered in America.

Youth Mental Health Facility Opens in East Bethel

Minnesota Commissioner for the Department of Human Services, Jodi Harpstead, said her department estimates that kids facing mental health issues that interfere significantly with home and school affect 9 percent of the state's youth.

Three Decades Covering Gender-Based Violence

Many of the stories we have published over the decades are not significantly different from today.

Data and Resources: Youth Well-Being

Pathways Home, Ramsey County approach to juvenile justice reform, maintaining connections for incarceration-impacted families, health care disparities report, and a storybook about anxiety

SERIES: Understanding the Youth Mental Health Crisis

People sometimes think that if a child is punished enough, they'll "get it" — but that doesn't change behavior. You have to teach new skill sets, how to rewire their brains.