In putting together the interviews and first-person narratives about gender-based violence for the October 2021 issue of Minnesota Women’s Press, one thing became very clear: We have understood the solutions to reducing violence and trauma against women for at least 50 years, yet we still have not adequately funded those solutions.
In 1984, Minnesota Women’s Press reported on women volunteers who were sent to domestic abuse situations alongside police. This led to high numbers of offenders sent to counseling and substance use treatment, rather than simply being jailed or left in the home.
Today, we are newly energized about sending social workers into the field with police to respond to gender-based violence, trauma, and substance use. Yet why is this not already a well-funded initiative that has been in place for several decades?
We have made great strides in society over the years, but we are circling around the same issues decade after decade.
The Minnesota Women’s Press community is proactive. We have an intergenerational and statewide audience of 25,000-plus engaged reades — young activists as well as advocates who were fighting for similar solutions decades ago.
It is time to put the power of our unique community into networking that links metro and rural readers into understanding and action.
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