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The Central Minnesota Task Force on Battered Women, doing business as Anna Marie's Alliance, is a private non-profit corporation dedicated to providing safe shelter, support, and referral services for battered women and their children. The Alliance also works with the community on systems change and violence prevention.

Anna Marie's has sheltered over 14,300 battered women and their children since 1979—more than 8,220 of these were children.

We hold the dream of non-violence for women & children

until they can hold it for themselves.

February is Dating Violence Awareness Month

As in domestic violence, dating abuse takes more forms than just physical violence. Verbal, emotional, sexual, financial, and digital abuse can be just as devastating as physical violence. Below are some examples of each type of abuse.

Physical Abuse

  • Hitting, kicking, punching, gagging, slapping, chocking, shoving, grabbing, scratching, etc.
  • Holding someone down against their will
  • Not letting them leave the room if they want to
  • Breaking their partner’s belongings
  • Breaking, throwing, or damaging things around their partner to intimidate them
  • Throwing things at their partner
  • Punching/kicking walls or other things around their partner
  • Using a weapon or leaving weapons around to intimidate
  • Grabbing your face to make you look at them

Sexual Abuse

  • Pressuring or forcing sex or sexual acts
  • Having sex or demanding sex acts when they know their partner doesn’t want to be intimate
  • Lying about birth control or not letting your partner use protection
  • Threatening to get a new partner if their partner doesn’t do what they want
  • Demanding or constantly asking for inappropriate texts or pictures
  • Sharing explicit texts or pictures without permission
  • Using sexual insults
  • Having sexual contact with their partner, even if their partner is drunk, drugged, unconscious, or unable to consent

Emotional and Verbal Abuse

  • Yelling, calling names, using insults
  • Humiliating their partner
  • Making threats to harm their partner
  • Blackmailing their partner with private information,  or explicit pictures
  • Threatening to out their partner before they’re ready
  • Threatening to harm themselves or commit suicide if their partner leaves
  • Threatening to harm family members or pets
  • Blames the victim for their own actions or abusive behavior
  • Down playing the abuse, saying it isn’t a big deal or their partner is overreacting
  • Starting rumors or gossip about the their partner
  • Acting extremely possessive or jealous, constantly accusing their partner of cheating or flirting
  • Reading through their partner’s texts, emails, or messages
  • Constantly checking up on the victim
  • Telling their partner what to do or wear
  • Preventing their partner from seeing or talking to friends and family
  • Stalking
  • Making their partner feel crazy, stupid, or worthless

Economic Abuse

  • Not allowing their partner to work, limiting their hours, making them quit their job, or getting them fired
  • Giving their partner an allowance and closely watching their spending
  • Putting their partner’s paycheck in their own account  
  • Not giving their partner access to their money or shared money
  • Stealing, or using their partner’s money or credit cards without permission
  • Using money/material needs to hold power over you (housing, phone, car, food, clothes)

Digital Abuse

  • Telling their partner who they can or cannot be friends with on social media
  • Demanding access to their partner’s account or making changes without permission
  • Reading texts, emails, or conversations to keep tabs on their partner
  • Using technology or social media to insult, humiliate, harass, or blackmail their partner
  • Sending threatening or intimidating messages
  • Using technology to stalk their partner
  • Sending unwanted explicit pictures or demanding them in return
  • Stealing their partner’s passwords
  • Constantly texting their partner and expecting their partner to respond immediately
  • Looking through their partner’s phone

A Note on Exploitation and Trafficking

Human trafficking and intimate partner violence have many similar traits. Both are harmful and manipulative relationships that are difficult to leave. Teenagers are also particularly vulnerable to trafficking, and traffickers often approach their victims as a dating partner.  Both abusers and Traffickers are experts in gaining control over their victims.

However, an abuser controls their partner to have power over them, and a trafficker controls their victim to make a profit off of them. If a victim is being traded or coerced into doing things (sexual acts, forced labor, etc.) in exchange for money or things of value, it may be a case of trafficking or sexual exploitation instead of dating violence, even if the victim refers to the controller as their boyfriend. If you are concerned about a case of trafficking contact the Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center at (320) 251-4357 or the National Human Trafficking resource Center at 1-888-373-7888

Read more: February is Dating Violence Awareness Month

2015 Femicide Report

The number of Minnesotans killed due to domestic violence varies from year to year. We have seen yearly lows in the teens and highs in the 40s. Last year 23 Minnesotans were murdered due to domestic violence. This year, the number is higher. At least 34 Minnesotans were killed due to violence from a current or former intimate partner.

At least 22 women Were murdered in cases where the suspected, alleged, or convicted perpetrator was a current or former husband, boyfriend, or male intimate partner.

At least 9 friends, family members or interveners Were murdered in domestic violence-related situations.

At least 3 men Were murdered in a case where the suspected, alleged, or convicted perpetrator was a current or former intimate partner. At least 17 minor children Were left motherless due to domestic violence murders.

Note: At the time this report was completed, MCBW was reviewing four additional cases.

Taken from the 2015 Femicide Report released January 26, 2015, by the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women

Thank you, MINNWEST Bank

Thank you MINNWEST Bank for your fabulous donation of $20,000 to Anna Marie's Alliance! Here you can see Mike, Kristin, Jodie, Executive Director Charles A. Hempeck, Chris and Michelle.

Thank you for supporting our work. We cannot do it without wonderful partners like MINNWEST Bank.

Urgently Needed Items

The following items are urgently needed at Anna Marie's Shelter:




JEANS: Size 18W, 20W, 22W, 24W

We are looking for a clean, dry and accessible storage space.  The ideal size would be 10 x 20.  

If you can help, please call 320-253-6900.


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Anna Marie's Alliance

P.O. Box 367
Saint Cloud, MN 56302


TTY: 320.258.3321

Business Office: 320.251.7203

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