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Homicide Report: Relationship Abuse in Minnesota


For over 30 years, the Coalition has provided annual documentation on domestic violence homicide in Minnesota. Formerly known as the “Femicide Report,” the Homicide Report: Relationship Abuse in Minnesota has changed its tone, purpose, and criteria over the decades. One thing that has remained consistent is the attempt to document every woman killed by a current or former intimate partner, as well as victims who were murdered while being stalked, engaging in sex work or used in prostitution and/or sex trafficking. 


No state or federal agency collects comprehensive data on domestic violence or intimate partner homicides.


Violence Free Minnesota relies on public information and news accounts for data collection. The murders of people of color, Native women and two-spirit people, those living in poverty, rural victims and children, members of the LGBTQIA2S+ community - particularly transgender women of color, people who engage in sex work, and women and children used in prostitution and sex trafficking may be underrepresented in our report as they often go unreported in mainstream media.


Please contact us if you have updated or more complete information on any intimate partner homicide.


If you have any questions, concerns, or information regarding Homicide Report: Relationship Abuse in Minnesota, please contact Joe Shannon at or 651-646-6177.


Rights reserved. We ask that any use of this information be credited to Violence Free Minnesota.

Archived Reports

1989   •   1990   •  1991   •  1992   •   1993   •   1994   •   1995   •   1996   •   1997   •   1998   •   1999

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2011   •   2012   •   2013   •   2014   •   2015   •   2016   •   2017   •   2018    •   2019  •   2020

Special Homicide Report:

Intimate Partner Homicide in Minnesota: A Retrospective, 1989 - 2018

Special Femicide Report: 

Strangulation and Women and Children Murdered In Minnesota, 1989-2005​​​​

NOTE: All Femicide and Homicide Reports are in PDF format and require Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Native American Women & Incarceration in Minnesota 

Violence Free Minnesota interviewed 62 Native American women who were incarcerated in MCF Shakopee - Minnesota’s sole women’s prison - between August 2019 and February 2020. The interviews touched on their histories of victimization, corrections systems involvement, prison experiences, motherhood, and re-entry needs.

Download the Native American Women & Incarceration in Minnesota repor

Vision Plan

In December 2015, the Coalition released "Empower Our Future," a vision plan co-created by member programs and others invested in ending relationship violence. The vision plan is an anchor in our work to end relationship abuse.

Empower Our Future: Vision Plan Summary

The Survivor Fund

The Survivor Fund offers one-time, low-barrier cash grants to victims of sexual and domestic
violence with generous support from the Pohlad and Allstate Foundations. Learn more about the impact of the Survivor Fund in the 2020 Survivor Fund Report.

2020 Survivor Fund Report

Policy and Legal System Reports

Violence Free Minnesota participates in grant-funded special projects that allow us to examine the realities of relationship abuse in Minnesota and the impact the criminal justice and legal systems have on victim/survivors and their families. 

Download the Enhancing Safety and Security for Victims of Incarcerated Offenders Project Report

Housing: Point in Time Count

Since 2017, Violence Free Minnesota has annually partnered with the Minnesota Office to Prevent and End Homeless to administer the Safe Housing Survey: Supplemental Homeless DV/SA Point In Time Count  - or the attempting to flee count - to count the number of people fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in one night in January.

2017 PIT Summary

2018 PIT Summary

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