We catalyze the conditions to realize Minnesota as a place where all women and girls are free from all forms of violence and can experience their homes, schools, and communities as safe places.
Through research, policy, grantmaking, and public awareness, we strive to create strategic, innovative investments to increase and enhance services, prevention, policy, education and mobilization to improve safety and well-being.
What the Data Shows
Women Experience Violence in Minnesota
Analysis of the CDC data estimates that 704,000 Minnesota women in 2015 were survivors of violence. The data also shows that only a small fraction of these women report physical or sexual violence.
in Minnesota were estimated to be survivors of violence (2015 CDC data estimates)
One in Two
Minnesota women report sexual violence from an intimate partner at some point during her life.
One in Four
Minnesota women report physical violence from an intimate partner at some point in her life.
“In order to start uplifting our young women, we need to change the behaviors ingrained in our society.”Raie Gessesse
WFMN Policy Fellow, Cabinet Alumna, Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota
Grantee-Partners Make an Impact
With investments from WFMN, Esperanza United facilitates youth programming that promotes healthy relationships and sexuality while mobilizing Latinas and Latin@ communities to end gender-based violence.
Related Funds & Research
We strive to create strategic, innovative investments to increase and enhance services, prevention, policy, and education to improve safety and well-being.
Latest Updates in Safety
Oct 27, 2021
Now Accepting Proposals Through WFMN Fund for Safety
Jul 13, 2021
WFMN Policy Agenda Advances Economic Opportunity, Safety, & Leadership for Women & Girls
Nov 19, 2020
The Persistence of Sexual Violence in Minnesota
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