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According to the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women in 2015 at least 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.

In 2015

  • ​​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.

Khan, S. (2016, January 26). About the Minnesota Femicide Report. Retrieved from Minnesota Coalition of Domest Violence: http://www.MCBW.org




Hartley's Safe House is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the governments full extent...

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Crisis Line:763-515-6576


Hartley's was established in the fall of 2014 by Melanie G. (Hartley) of Elk River, MN. Mel has been employed at a local shelter for the past six years. It was during this time that she decided she wanted to do everything in her power to help those less fortunate.  More specifically, she wanted to help women who had become victims of domestic abuse. After months of careful planning and hard work, her dream finally came true. Hartley's was officially opened in October of 2015.

If you are interested in volunteering or an internship, please call Mel at

Phone answered 24/7 ​(763) 515-6576

Message line (612)  401-1975

or complete and submit the form below and we'll contact you within 24 hours

shelter and services for abused women and their children

     ​​​​​Hartley's Safe House is a shelter for women and their children who are victims of domestic violence. We provide a 60-day stay, an extension may be granted as long as our guest(s) are working toward their goals. We understand that safe, affordable housing is not always readily available and we want to give women enough time to collect themselves and feel comfortable before seeking permanent affordable housing. We do our best to provide a warm, homelike environment in hopes that women will opt to stay and work towards building a more positive life rather than returning to their abuser. Our number one priority is to give women the opportunity and resources necessary to escape an abusive relationship, and to instill in them that they can live an abuse free life. 

A little about the Founder of Hartley's Safe House, Melanie 

Your monetary and in-kind donations are significant in our ability to help battered women and their children get out of their situation and move on toward a violence-free future.

If you would like to donate, please click button below. We also accept checks and money orders, if interested please submit to:

Hartleys Safe House

PO Box 746

Elk River MN 55330