City of Minneapolis Cracks Down on Domestic Violence

Updated: 05/13/2013 6:14 AM By: Nick Winkler

The City of Minneapolis is cracking down on domestic violence.

The city is using a model that is a collaborative effort between police, prosecutors, and prevention advocates.

Police responding to domestic violence calls are now trained to proactively question victims rather than waiting for a specialist.

Police are trained to ask relevant questions, gather additional data and help build stronger cases against abusers.

The Minneapolis Model appears to be paying off.

The city says its domestic abuse conviction rate has increased from 47.5 percent in 2003 to 72 percent in 2012.

The city partners with organizations like DAP, or the domestic abuse project. Survivors credit DAP with helping them and their children make clean breaks from abusive relationships.

The city is also implementing several other proactive measures aimed at reducing domestic violence.