Statement from Mike Freeman about Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and, unfortunately, we at the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office are well-aware of just how widespread domestic abuse is in our county and throughout Minnesota.
In the last month alone, we've charged a Minneapolis man with burning his girlfriend to death and another Minneapolis man for strangling his wife when she filed for divorce. We also sentenced a Maple Grove man to 17 years in prison for shooting his girlfriend in the face.
Sadly, we charge hundreds of cases a year where one of the persons in a relationship abuses their partner.
This must stop. We must support organizations that are committed to ending violence and build stronger connections with family members, friends and neighbors so that victims know they have someone they can turn to.
If you are in an abusive relationship,the Domestic Abuse Service Center, a division within the County Attorney's Office, is available to help victims access legal assistance and social services they need.
Men, in particular, have to stop abusing their wives or girlfriends. If you hurt your partner, then you need to get help because what you are doing is wrong. There are resources out there so you can change your behavior. But if you don’t, know that your actions are criminal. And if the case gets to our office, we will prosecute you and we will seek prison time.
Relationships should be about love. Let’s subtract the violence and add more of the love.
Click here to watch video from Mike Freeman about Domestic Violence Awareness Month.