With the shooting death of a police officer in North St. Paul, attention focused briefly on domestic violence. Officers were responding to a domestic violence call, the most dangerous for police officers, when North St. Paul officer Richard Crittenden was shot and killed as he tried to protect a woman under attack by her estranged husband.
According to St. Paul Police spokesman Sgt. Paul Schnell, St. Paul responded to 3425 domestic-related calls for service in 2009 as of August 15. That's a 12 percent increase from 2008, and an average of 15 domestic calls a day.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety's 2009 Domestic Violence Report found that:
In 2007, three percent of women surveyed and one percent of men reported experiencing domestic violence. Based on
Minnesota’s adult population, this translates to about 57,000 women and 18,000 men experiencing domestic violence in 2007.
Overall, 27 percent of women surveyed and seven percent of men reported that they have experienced domestic violence in their lifetime. ...
On average, respondents who have been abused experienced three episodes of domestic violence in 2007, but reported less than one episode to police.
According to the Minnesota Coalition on Battered Women, at least 21 women and two men were killed in domestic violence in 2008. At least five family members or friends were killed in domestic violence, and seven children died from child abuse.
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