Minnesota Day One Crisis Hotline


Domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking are problems of epic proportions in our communities.


You likely know someone impacted by interpersonal violence—your friend, a neighbor, a colleague, your sister or brother, or perhaps even you. We all have a responsibility to address these violations of human rights. It is important to understand how prevalent the problem is, so that we can work together to advocate, educate and lead the way to social change.


  • Nearly 1 in 4 women are beaten or raped by a partner during adulthood1, and each year approximately 2.3 million people are raped and/or physically assaulted by a current or former spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend.2
  • Every day in the United States, an average of 3 women are killed by a current or former intimate partner.3 Approximately 15.5 million children are exposed to domestic violence every year.4
  • 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys is sexually abused before the age of 18.5 Incest accounts for half of all sexual abuse cases.6
  • Young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence.7
  • Children exposed to violence are more likely to attempt suicide, abuse drugs and alcohol, run away from home, engage in teenage prostitution, and commit sexual assault crimes.8
  • Men exposed to physical abuse, sexual abuse, and domestic violence as children are almost 4 times more likely than other men to have perpetrated domestic violence as adults, according to a large study.9

Cornerstone is meeting the needs of people in Hennepin County, providing 50,461 hours of advocacy and support in 2014.

Last year,

  • 4,188 unduplicated participants: 2,873 women, 455 men and 860 youth
  • Cornerstone provided 125 adults and 117 youth with 12,950 nights of safe housing and 38,850 meals.
  • 14,672 victims or concerned persons were connected immediately to the nearest safe housing program through the MN Day One® Crisis Line to receive advocacy, support, information and referral.
  • 735 victims and their children received transportation to another location in the state in order to remain safe.
  • 2,076 victims of criminal domestic assault received legal advocacy from our trained advocates.
  • Advocates wrote 329 Harassment Orders and Orders for Protection.
  • Cornerstone’s Community Services program served 809 persons through individual and group supportive services, safety planning and educational groups for victims and their families. 
  • Cornerstone’s mental health professionals and practitioners provided specialized, affordable mental health services to 169 adults and children affected by interpersonal violence.
  • 18,326 students participated in 677 presentations on unhealthy/healthy relationships, bullying, anger management and stress management in the schools. An additional 476 students received counseling on-site at elementary, middle school and high schools in our communities.


1. National Institute of Justice and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Extent,
Nature, and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence: Findings from the National
Violence Against Women Survey.” July 2000.
2. U.S. Department of Justice, Prevalence, Incidence, and Consequences of Violence Against
Women: Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey (1998).
3. McDonold, R et al. (2006).“Estimating the Number of American Children Living in Partner
Violent Families.” Journal of Family Psychology,30(1),137-142
Felitti, V.J., Anda, R.F., Nordenberg, D., Williamson, D.F, Spitz, A.M., Edwards, V., Koss,
4. M.P. & Marks, J.S. (1998) “Relationship of Childhood Abuse and Household Dysfunction
to Many of the Leading Causes of Death in Adults: The Adverse Childhood Experiences
(ACE) Study” American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 14(4).
5. Havelin, K. (2000). Incest ‘Why Am I Afraid To Tell?’ Minnesota; Capstone Press.
6. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice and Statistics, “Intimate Partner Violence in the
United States, 1993-2004.” December 2006.
7. Wolfe, D.A., Wekerle, C., Reitzel, D. and Gough, R. 1995. “Strategies to Address Violence
in the Lives of High Risk Youth.” In Ending the Cycle of Violence: Community Responses
to Children of Battered Women, edited by E. Peled, P.G. Jaffe and J.L Edleson. New York, NY: Sage Publications.
8. Whitfield, C.L., Anda, R.F., Dube, S.R., & Felitti, V.J. (2003). “Violent childhood
experiences and the risk of intimate partner violence in adults.” Journal of Interpersonal
Violence, 18, 166-185.
9. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. (2003). Costs of Intimate Partner
Violence Against Women in the United States.