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Judge Mary Louise Klas

June DVEA Speaker: Joint Physical Custody

Retired Ramsey County Family Court Judge, Mary Louise Klas, spoke at St Cecilia’s about a controversial issue, one with deep implications for Domestic Violence activists. The question of Joint Physical Custody is expected to come before the legislature again next session. Judge Klas is well known for her  local and national work in the area of Domestic Violence. She heads a DV Task Force which has studied the Joint Physical Custody issue for the past two years.

Parishioners were invited to hear Judge Klas, who spoke, then took questions from several people who attended.

Readers with questions about the topic may ask a member or contact Judge Klas: 


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Meeting Minutes

(To see Minutes, click a link below)

DVEA Minutes: June, 2013

DVEA Minutes: February, 2013

 DVEA Minutes: January, 2013

DVEA Minutes: December, 2012

DVEA Minutes: October, 2012

DVEA Minutes: September, 2012


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Mother of Young Victim Tells Daughter’s Story

Excerpt from MCBW Femicide Report, 2002
Brooke Thompson, 22 Brooklyn Park
August 14

Edward Johnson, 26, was charged with second-degree intentional murder….Johnson pleaded guilty in February 2003 to second-degree intentional murder. He gave no reason in court as to why he committed the murder.

Lori Thompson spoke on Sunday, May 19, telling Brooke’s story.Over 30 parishioners stayed after 10 o’clock Mass to hear this compelling presentation.
Brooke’s Photos – 10 Total — click to download.

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DV in MN & U.S. Media

THE TRUTH: Domestic Violence in Minnesota is not merely a few isolated cases.

June, 2012                 February, 2013                   May 2013


In The New Yorker: July 22, 2013: “A Raised Hand” – Journalist and novelist Rachel Louise Snyder writes about a new High Risk team in Massachusetts.

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2012 MN Femicide Report

Click to read the 2012 Femicide Report


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Upcoming Meeting Dates and Agenda

August “Fourth Thursday” DVEA meeting: Thursday, August 22

Possible Agenda Items:

√ TEDx ByStander Approach – video with Jackson : Violence & Sadness

 √ Discussion: Women’s Advocates Projects
–> Cooking
–> Gently used clothing drive

√ Discussion: Chapter in Patricia Evans’ book.

√ DVEA website

√ Project Decisions for  October, DV Awareness Month



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St C’s Projects: Women’s Advocates-plus!

DVEA team member, Linda Savedra,has passed along this suggestion from a St Cecilia’s parishioner:
“I ordered a new duvet cover from a company that I saw advertised in Better Homes and Gardens. When my order came today with a handwritten thank you note, I was informed that my purchase allowed the company to donate one duvet and sham set to Safe Horizons, a domestic violence shelter. It was such a wonderful surprise. Read more about the Crane & Canopy/Safe Horizons partnership here

Crane & Canopy partnered with the non-profit Safe Horizon to give the gift of a safe and comfortable night’s sleep. Until May 31, 2013, for every duvet cover and sham set purchased, Crane & Canopy donated a duvet cover, sham set and comforter to a woman affected by domestic violence and abuse: “When our customers buy, we give.”



The DVEA team works on projects with St Paul’s Women’s Advocates, the first shelter in the country for battered women.

In December,  2012, the drive for Target gift cards  resulted in  twenty-five $50. gift cards for women staying in the shelter over Christmas.

One of the children who benefitted from her mother’s gift card…


In May, Women’s Advocates, our local St Paul women’s shelter,  is holding a fund-raising  luncheon  to be held on Thursday, May 23. The DVEA Team would love to welcome anyone reading this to  attend the luncheon, both as an introduction to the shelter, and to members of the DVEA Team of St Cecilia’s.

Contact Ellen Weyandt (weyandt@comcast.net) for further information.