MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — More than 600 people are taking part in a day-long summit to end violence in Minnesota.

Greater Twin Cities United Way and the Minnesota Department of Public Health are putting the issue front and center with the “United Against Violence” summit.

Goals of the summit include developing a clear definition of domestic violence and helping to create an action plan.

“It is critical to address what is happening in homes across the Twin Cities and the state when it comes to domestic violence,” said Dave Ellis, United Way Basic Needs manager.

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Ellis said there are many forms of violence, through dating violence and bullying, human trafficking and domestic violence, where women and children are forced to leave their homes.

“The list goes on and on,” he said.

Stopping violence starts in the home. Dr. Rob Anda, with the Centers For Disease Control, shared his findings of his Adverse Childhood Experience study.

“It’s really the understanding of the affect of stress on brain development,” Anda said.

Anda said the long-term problems associated with adversity in childhood are great.

“You know things like truancy, difficulty in school, difficulty in learning, substance abuse, teen pregnancy,” he said.
Anda said the key to ending violence is awareness, and a willingness to speak out and get involved.

Comments (14)
  1. The Crux of the Biscuit says:

    What they really need is someone to organize their community….like a community organizer…. That will solve all their problems…. What a waste of time. Until these “communities” take responsibility for what’s happening, nothing’s going to change. Besides it’s just much easier to blame someone else.

  2. Joe says:

    A better way to write the headline would be, “Summit Aims to End Violence in Minnesota.”

    “Summit to end violence…” sounds a little too optimistic, don’t you think?

  3. Kevin says:

    Community? Aint diversity grand????

  4. Tom says:

    You can hold all the Summits you want it isn’t going to solve the problem. If you think gang members are going to listen to you, you live in Fantasy Land. They only know one thing and that is violence!

  5. liam Gilmorasy says:

    If anyone read the “Crime Reports” from the Southwest Journal last week you would have noticed a number of violent assaults that took place under the guise or a “robbery”.
    To have read those reports would make anyone believe that southwest Minneapolis is anything but safe.
    Why not a summit to explore ending that sort of very very random violence.
    it is disheartening that quite a bit of information is left out what might help us avoid finding ourselves in a similar situation as the victim.
    As depressing and dehumanizing as it might be to “profile:” particular physical traits that fit a typical (based on available statistics) assailant it might help, to some degree, us to avoid being a victim.
    When all is said I will concern myself with the welfare of those I love than over the hurt feelings of another.
    Of course it is a general reflection here. There are exceptions to every situation (well most involving human behavior).
    I am basing my concerns on the math of the situation not a negative attitude that grows out of a vacuum.

  6. tina says:

    The only way violence will end in Minneapolis is if that tornado that hit North Minneapolis this past May comes back and finishes its job.

  7. Billy Bob says:

    Lets do a summit to end immigration and diversity……that will end the bs….

    1. limonade+whisky=? says:

      billy get ready than cause i will be the only guy who will stay here and i hope you know ,where your grand daddy came from cause that’s the place am gonna send you back

      1. stubby says:

        I agree with Billy Bob, the difference is back when people came over on the boat to Ellis Island, the first this they wanted to do was asimilate and find work. Today it’s “where’s the welfare office and where are people like me living…..usually for free

  8. quentin says:

    They view all of this stuff like a disease that can be treated if people get the word out. Well, it isn’t and it can’t be.

  9. Doug T says:

    Its truly a la-la land – talk all you want and they will keep doing what they want. Win-Win 🙂

  10. stubby says:

    Turn Minneapolis into what New York was in the movie “escape from new york”. The rest of the state will be much better off.

  11. Sarah says:

    Did any of you read the article? This summit is not about gang violence, it’s about domestic violence. Having suffered at the hands of my ex-husband for 15 years before finding the strength & courage to leave, I can tell you that THIS form of violence knows no racial or socio-economic bounds. In fact, at the shelter I fled to with my children there was only ONE black family out of the 14 families staying there. Imagine that!

  12. Kevin says:

    And two people get shot during the summit…..moron liberals….aint diversity graind?

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