Judicial education

The Minnesota Supreme Court’s judicial education program must include ongoing training for judges on domestic abuse, harassment, stalking, child and adolescent sexual abuse, and related civil and criminal court issues. The program must include education on the impacts of domestic abuse and domestic abuse allegations on children and the importance of considering these impacts when making parenting time and child custody decisions. The program also must include information on alleged and substantiated reports of domestic abuse, including information on Department of Human Services survey data. The program must emphasize the need to coordinate services and include education on the domestic abuse policies and programs within law enforcement agencies, prosecutor offices, and the courts. Minn. Stat. § 480.30.

Violence prevention education

The Commissioner of Education, in consultation with several other programs, must assist school districts, on request, in developing or implementing a violence prevention program. The purpose of the program is to help students learn how to resolve conflicts effectively within their families and communities in nonviolent ways. Minn. Stat. § 120B.22.

Child protection worker training

The Commissioners of Human Services and Public Safety must cooperate in the development of a joint program for training child abuse service professionals. The program must include information on the dynamics of child abuse and neglect within family systems and the appropriate methods for interviewing parents in the course of the assessment or investigation, including training in recognizing cases in which one of the parents is a victim of domestic abuse and in need of special legal or medical services. Training also must be provided on the protective social services that are available to protect alleged victims from further abuse, the prevention of child abuse and domestic abuse, and coordinating services for these victims. Minn. Stat. § 626.559.

Home-visiting program

The Commissioner of Health must establish a program to fund family home-visiting programs designed to prevent child abuse and neglect, reduce juvenile delinquency, promote positive parenting and resiliency in children, and promote family health and economic self-sufficiency. Programs must be targeted to families with:

  • a history of child abuse, domestic abuse, or other types of violence; and
  • a history of domestic abuse, rape, or other forms of victimization.

This and any related posts have been adopted from the Minnesota House of Representatives Research Department’s Information Brief, Domestic Abuse Laws in Minnesota – An Overview, written by legislative analyst Judith Zollar.

This post is also part of a series of posts on Domestic Abuse in Minnesota.