Every October, survivors, advocates, and supporters come together to raise awareness about domestic violence and work to end violence and abuse in our homes and communities. 

Domestic violence and relationship abuse can impact almost every area of a survivor's life - their physical health, mental health, employment, finances, housing, children, social relationships - and the list goes on and on. The effects of domestic violence don't stop with the individual experiencing abuse. Domestic violence causes a ripple effect. These ripples reach a victim's family, friends, workplace, and their entire community. 

We see the impacts of domestic violence show up in children's classrooms. We see the impacts show up in our healthcare costs. Domestic violence and relationship abuse are forms of trauma, and we know that trauma can be passed down from generation to generation. 

Domestic violence can have a devastating impact on a victim or survivor. Relationship abuse is also a public health and community issue. 

Purple Ribbon Poster Campaign
This October, we hope you can help us spread awareness about this critical community health and safety issue and help victims and survivors access resources like CADA. We know that victims and survivors are encountering more barriers to accessing safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

You can display a Purple Ribbon Poster in your business or workplace the entire month of October to help raise awareness. The poster features a purple ribbon, which is a symbol of hope, visibility, and support for those experiencing domestic violence. By displaying these posters, we are sending a powerful message that we stand with survivors in our community! 

Click here to request your poster!

2019 Homicide Report
Every year, Violence Free Minnesota, the coalition to end relationship abuse, releases a report on the number of domestic violence related homicides. The 2019 report was released on Thursday, October 1st. 

In 2019, at least 21 people were killed due to intimate partner homicide. At least 16 women died and at least 5 bystanders or interveners were killed. Furthermore, at least 23 minor children were left without a parent due to intimate partner homicide. 

The homicide report includes:
  • Statistics from the last 30 years
  • Red flags for lethality
  • Policy recommendations from Violence Free Minnesota
  • Victim stories

This year's report also examines the impact of these homicides. Violence Free Minnesota examines the ripple effect of domestic violence and the impacts on communities. Immediate family, the community, and systems are all impacted when violence occurs. 
Click here to download the 2019 Homicide Report

Keep an eye on CADA's Facebook page for information about an upcoming memorial display honoring the victims of domestic related homicide in Minnesota last year. 

Election day is less than a month away. Do you have a plan to vote? Will you be voting by mail? Have you already voted early?

Using your vote is one way you can advocate for victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Together, we can fill public offices with people who understand the issues and needs of survivors. Our elected officials can directly influence the health, safety, and equity of our communities. 
Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault has created a voting guide. To review this guide, click here.

We want to continue to update you on CADA's services as we continue to live and work through a global pandemic. 

Advocacy Services:
Advocates throughout CADA's nine-county service area continue to offer phone or video meetings with victims and survivors. If it is not safe to meet by phone, advocates can meet with individuals in person while practicing health and safety precautions. 


Shelter remains open to those seeking safety from violence and abuse. Advocates and residents are taking precautions to keep everyone safe and healthy. 

Keep Me Safe Supervised Parenting Time and Exchange Centers:
In-person Keep Me Safe supervised visits and exchanges have resumed. To schedule a visit or exchange, please contact us at 507-625-8688 ext. 115 or email kms@cadamn.org. 

Education and Groups:
CADA is offering virtual support groups rather than in-person groups for victims and survivors. We have resumed in-person Southern Minnesota Offender Education Groups with limited class sizes. 

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CADA Offices

24-hour Crisis Line: 1-800-477-0466
Blue Earth County: 507-625-8688
Brown County: 507-233-6663
Faribault County: 507-526-5275
Le Sueur County: 507-934-5583
Martin County: 507-399-2001
Nicollet County: 507-934-5583
Sibley County: 507-233-6666
Waseca County: 507-835-7828
Watonwan County: 507-375-3040