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Safety is the underpinning of our ability to thrive. We catalyze the conditions so that women, girls, and gender-expansive people are free from all forms of violence and can be safe and well at home, school, and in their communities.

Through research, policy, grantmaking, and narrative change, we make strategic, innovative investments in more just systems, policies, and programs 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

Women in Minnesota face a high likelihood of experiencing sexual violence in their lifetime. The data also shows that only a small fraction of women report physical or sexual violence.

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.

Native & Black Women Face Violence at Alarming Rates

Nationwide, Native American women are 71% more likely than white women to have experienced violence in the past year, and 19% more likely to have experienced violence at some point in their lives. More than one-third of survivors (38%) were unable to access the essential services they required.


Native American women in Minnesota are murdered at a rate 7x that of white women


Black women in Minnesota are murdered at a rate 2.7x higher than white women

1 in 3

Almost 1 in 3 of Native American teenage girls has attempted suicide – far greater than Native boys or teens of any other cultural group. 

Sexuality and Gender Identity Affect Safety

More than three-quarters of LGBTQ+ Minnesotans report experiencing anti-LGBTQ+ behavior in the last year. In a 2021 survey, two-thirds of respondents reported verbal abuse due to their gender and/or sexual identity, and 35% were threatened or attacked physically due to their LGBTQ+ status.

Three times as many transgender or nonbinary Minnesota students and almost twice as many lesbian girls in 8th, 9th, and 11th grade report running away from home or living in a shelter on their own as their straight, cisgendered counterparts.

Our Policy Investments

“We have to consider root causes of historical trauma, systemic racism, sexual objectification of Black women, and the vulnerabilities that poverty, homelessness, child welfare disparities, domestic violence, sex trafficking, and fear of law enforcement create.”

Ruth Richardson
President and CEO, Planned Parenthood North Central States,
Former MN House Representative

Grantee-Partners Make an Impact

With investments from WFM, 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

Our Statewide Impact

Interactive Grants Map

Discover more about Women’s Foundation grantee-partners, statewide. Click on the icon in the upper right of the map to expand the legend and see other options for viewing. Use the drop-down menu in the legend to filter grantee-partners by fund, location, or impact area.

View a larger version of WFMN Grantee-Partner map created with eSpatial mapping software.

Explore Ways to Give

Your support fuels the innovative community-based, community-led work happening across the state. Explore our funding opportunities.