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United Communities Advocating Non-Violence

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Vision: To be an abuse-free community.

Mission: To transform the community and the lives of those affected by domestic violence through support, awareness, education, and involvement.

Ending violence in our community is everyone's responsibility. Joining UCAN is a personal pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women, children, and men. We are an educational organization that encourages reflection and discussion that leads to personal and collective action. 

We partner with businesses, community groups, schools, and faith-based organizations to prevent violence through awareness and education of children, youth, and adults.

IN THE KNOW: We can all work together

Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Anne McKeig will present to local community justice partners on Wednesday, October 16 at 9 a.m.

Anyone interested, particularly those who work with individuals impacted by family court or within the court system itself, may attend this free event. Please do register in advance to ensure adequate seating and refreshments. Applying for one CLE credit.

Minnesota Supreme Court Justice McKeig and Adam Miller, Director of the Fourth Judicial District's Justice for Families Program, will discuss:

Courts’ inconsistent identification and assessment of domestic violence in custody and parenting‐time cases;

Pressure on litigants to participate in and resolve family court cases in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes;

Inadequate representation, advocacy, or information necessary for victims of domestic violence to access relief in family court; and

The disproportionately low rate at which Native Americans seek relief in family court as compared to the Native American population in the district.

Anyone interested, particularly those who work with individuals impacted by family court or within the court system itself, may attend this free event. Please do register in advance to ensure adequate seating and refreshments. Applying for one CLE credit.

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-driven-innovation-creating-a-responsive-family-court-tickets-70520437527

Co-sponsored by: Legal Services of Northwest Minnestoa (LSNM), Someplace Safe, and United Communities Advocating Nonviolence (UCAN).

Myths about Domestic Violence

  • MYTH: Domestic violence affects only a small percentage of the population
  • MYTH: Abusers use violence because they get so angry that they are out of control
  • MYTH: Domestic violence occurs only in low-income, uneducated, and minority populations
  • MYTH: Drugs and alcohol causes domestic violence
  • MYTH: Domestic violence incidents are isolated occurrences
  • MYTH: The victim can always leave

 

Facts about Domestic Violence

  • One in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime
  • 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year
  • 95% of men who physically abuse their partners also psychologically abuse them

Impact on Children and Families

  • Domestic Violence is the leading cause of injury to women between 15-44 in the United States
  • Intimate partner violence results in more than 18.5 million mental health care visits
  • Victims of intimate partner violence lost almost 8 million days of paid work because of violence perpetrated against them by their current or former husbands, boyfriends or dates. This loss is the equivalent of 32,000 full-time jobs
  • Little boys who grow up in homes where domestic violence is occurring are 11 times more likely to become abusers than boys who come from violence-free homes
  • 81% of men who batter had fathers who abused their mothers
  • 63% of young men between 11-20 who are serving time for homicide have killed their mothers abusers

 

About UCAN

UCAN Inc. is a non-profit group of committed community members who are interested in reducing domestic violence in Douglas County. ...

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What We Do

We are an educational organization that encourages reflection and discussion that leads to personal and collective action among community groups, schools, and faith-based organizations to prevent violence ...

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Get Involved

What can you do?

You can be a part of the solution! You can donate money, volunteer your time and talents, spread the word about the work that UCAN is doing, or request a presentation for your business, church or civic organization.

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