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Public News Service - MN: Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault

Some Minnesotans will take part in National Gun Violence Awareness Day to honor those who've died from gun violence. (Morguefile)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As gun related violence rises in some parts of Minnesota, local gun control advocates are wearing orange today to bring awareness to the issue. Today is National Gun Violence Awareness Day, and several groups, including Everytown for Gun Safety, are taking a cue from the hu

A Minnesota Senate committee hears from the public today about a bill to require universal background checks for gun purchases in the state. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Legislation to strengthen background checks for gun buyers in Minnesota gets a public hearing today in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill would require universal background checks for anyone who buys firearms in the state. Current Minnesota law does not require that private

PHOTO: An effort to reduce domestic violence among Minnesota's Latino population is using social connectedness to engage the community and let victims know what help is available. Photo credit: Nicola/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Domestic violence cuts across all economic, racial and social boundaries in Minnesota but there can be varied needs among victims, and one effort finding success is focused on the state's Latino population. Ivette Izea-Martinez, community engagement manager at Casa de Esperanza,

PHOTO: A dozen groups statewide are sharing in $900,000 in grant money, as Minnesota continues its efforts to recognize that children who are sexually exploited are victims and survivors, not criminals. Photo credit: Bailey Weaver/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota is taking another step in helping youths break free from sexual exploitation, and in helping them reclaim their lives. The Minnesota Department of Health has awarded $900,000 dollars to 13 organizations across the state to help girls and boys escape from trafficking and

PHOTO: Minnesota leaders in law enforcement, gun safety and domestic violence prevention gathered Monday for a roundtable with former Arizona U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords. Photo credit: Bill Morrow/Flickr.

MINNEAPOLIS - Former U.S. congresswoman and mass shooting survivor Gabby Giffords was in Minnesota on Monday, touting the need for stronger laws to protect women from gun violence by stalkers and abusers. Giffords was joined by leaders in law enforcement, gun safety, and domestic violence preventio

PHOTO: Legislation that would make Minnesotans convicted of domestic or child abuse surrender their guns has cleared the state Senate by a vote of 60-4. The bill was earlier passed in the House and now goes to Gov. Mark Dayton for his signature. Photo credit: Eric Fought/Protect Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A bill to remove guns from the hands of those convicted of domestic abuse or child abuse is headed to Gov. Mark Dayton for his signature. The bill sailed through the State Senate on Monday, after earlier approval from the House. Among the supporters in the gallery during passage

PHOTO: A hearing is expected today on a bill (HF 3228) that aims to close a loophole that allows domestic abusers in Minnesota to posses rifles and shotguns. Photo credit: dualdflipflop

ST. PAUL, Minn. - It is the most dangerous time for an abused woman: when she's leaving and he's losing control. So a bill being debated at the state Capitol aims to take guns out of the mix. Joan Peterson, board president, Protect Minnesota: Working to End Gun Violence, said the legislation would

PHOTO: The Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota is offering a new program aimed at better screening of volunteers to keep child predators from serving in youth organizations. CREDIT: Enid Yu

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Some youth-serving organizations in the state are stepping up their screening efforts to make sure that people who might harm children don't get through the process of checking out volunteers. According to Gennae Falconer, the director of Kinship of Greater Minneapolis, a program o

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