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Family Violence Coordinating Council (FVCC)

Hennepin County District Court »

The Fourth Judicial District established the Family Violence Coordinating Council (FVCC) for the purpose of addressing family violence issues. The purpose of FVCC is to:

  • coordinate between agencies, departments and the courts on the issues of domestic violence and abuse;  
  • promote effective prevention, intervention and treatment techniques; and
  • improve the response to domestic violence and abuse so as to reduce the incidents of domestic violence and promote victim safety.


News & Updates


2019 Quick Reference Guide for Domestic Violence Cases

CC meets the second Thursday of each month from 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Hennepin County Government Center located at 300 South 6th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55487.

Calendar of FVCC Meetings & Events


January 13, 2022 - Agenda, Minutes
February 10, 2022 - Agenda, Minutes
March 10, 2022 - Agenda, Minutes
April 14, 2022 - Meeting Cancelled
May 12, 2022 - Agenda
June 9, 2022 - Agenda, Minutes
July 14, 2022- Agenda, Minutes
August 11, 2022 - Agenda
January 14, 2021 - Agenda, Minutes
February 11, 2021 - Meeting Cancelled
March 11, 2021 - Agenda, Minutes
April 11, 2021 - Meeting Cancelled
May 13, 2021 -  Agenda, Minutes
June 10, 2021 - Agenda
July - No Meeting
August - No Meeting
September 9, 2021 - Agenda, Minutes
October - Meeting Cancelled
November 4, 2021 - Agenda, Minutes
December 9, 2021 - AgendaMinutes
  • January 9, 2020 - Meeting Cancelled
  • February 13, 2020 - Agenda, Minutes
  • March 12, 2020 - AgendaMinutes
  • April 9, 2020 - Meeting Cancelled
  • May 14, 2020 - Meeting Cancelled
  • June 11, 2020 - Meeting Cancelled
  • July - No Meeting Scheduled
  • August - No Meeting Scheduled
  • September 10, 2020 - Agenda, Minutes
  • October 8, 2020 - Agenda, Minutes
  • November 12, 2020 - Agenda, Minutes
  • December - No meeting
Annual reports of the Family Violence Coordinating Council can be download in .pdf format for the following years:

2020 FVCC Voting Members

See the Order re 2020 Appointments.
Abdi, Hodan
Domestic Abuse Service Center, Somali Advocate

Alkire, Brandon
4th District Family Court, Justice for Families

Blace, Joan
Hennepin County Probation, Probation Supervisor
Hodan Abdi
Domestic Abuse Service Center, Somali Advocate
Brey, Katie
4th District Court Administration, Senior Administrative Manager
Cichowicz, Nick
, Executive Director
Coy, Erica
Eden Prairie Police Department, Detective and DART Program Coordinator
Eckberg, Dr. Deborah
Metro State, Associate Professor
Folkens, Bruce
Minneapolis Police Department, Commander

Furnstahl, Mike
4th Judicial District Court Referee

Hogan, Elizabeth
Public Defender's Office, Adult Public Defender
Kaul, Ann
City of Bloomington, Suburban Prosecutor

Kraker, Rachel
Hennepin County Attorney's Office, Assistant County Attorney-DASC

Kraus, Jacob
Hennepin County Attorney's Office, Assistant County Attorney-Juvenile

Lockhart, Sarah
Domestic Abuse Project (DAP), Program Director

Lokensgard, Siri
Domestic Abuse Service Center, Legal Services Specialist

Lopez, Tara Ferguson
Hennepin County Attorney's Office, Supervising Attorney
Manning Bruce
4th District Court Judge

McDaniel, Kellace
Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, Lieutenant

McNaughton, Lisa
Public Defender's Office, Juvenile Public Defender
McTigue, Penny
Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health, Program Manager

Milgrom, Aaron
Private Practice Therapist

Morales, Lidia
4th District Court Administration, Criminal Court Operations Manager
Nelson, Melynda
Hennepin County Probation, Probation Officer

Olson, Alyssa
OutFront Minnesota, Anti-Violence Program Legal Advocate

Phung, John
Tubman Family Alliance, Staff Attorney
Quaintance, Kathryn
4th District Court Judge

Ratner, Rachel
Sojourner Project, Legal Advocate

Rude, Cecelia
Minneapolis Police Department, Community Navigator

Sanchez, Melanie
MN Guardian Ad Litem Program, 4th District 
Saunders, Jennifer
Minneapolis City Attorney's Office, Attorney

Schluender, Liselotte
Central Minnesota Legal Services, Staff Attorney

Simmons, Raschon
Cornerstone, Advocate

Swenson, Elsa
Mission Inc; Home Free, Program Manager

Toberg, Kari
Hennepin County Child Protection, Supervisor

Van Avery, Annie
Domestic Abuse Project (DAP), Executive Director

VonRueden, Anna
FamilyWise, Program Director

Weinstein, Michael
Hennepin County Family Court Services, Supervisor

Wilson, Kate
4th District Family Court, Family Court Operations Manager