by Sal Mondelli
President & CEO
Ayan Abdi Abdulahi, 21. Carol Lee Alexander-Pickart, 76. Kelly Ann Anderson, 45. Samirria White, 19. Victoria Alvarez, 15. These are just some of the names and ages of 24 known Minnesota victims of domestic violence homicide in 2015, according to the Minnesota Coalition For Battered Women (MCBW). Each time a victim of domestic violence homicide is confirmed in Minnesota, MCBW puts the call out to partner organizations and businesses, including 360 Communities, to raise the Live Free Without Violence flag in their memory.
This list of victims underscores something we have known about the scourge of domestic violence: it cuts across all socioeconomic lines. No one is immune to it. There are affluent people, there are poor people. There are victims of all ages. In one case from Minnetonka, an entire family was killed.