The reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act by Congress earlier this week will have some impact in Minneapolis.
The legislation helped fund the beginning of a domestic violence collaboration between City Attorney's office and the Minneapolis Police Department in 2006, said Susan Segal, city attorney. She said since then, the collaboration has helped the city increase convictions in domestic abuse cases by 50 percent.
"That grant funding was really critical to our office and the police department in improving our response in these cases," Segal said. "That's one reason why I think it's so important Congress passed the Violence Against Women Act and renewed it again."
She said the $124,000 grant will help pay for an on-call domestic violence response team. The team travels with police investigators to help victims get immediate help after an incident.
"Instead of just working daytime hours, they'll be working in the evenings when cases occur, when calls come in to 911," Segal said. "They'll be able to respond immediately, along with and partnered with, domestic violence advocates."