Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Collaborating to Eliminate Domestic Violence

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Collaborating to Eliminate Domestic Violence

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On June 16, 2004, the College of Human Ecology (CHE), University of Minnesota partnered with a Twin Cities community service agency to host an event that raised awareness of domestic violence and also raised funds.

"The Sheila Shawl Extravaganza," was a celebration of Sheila Wellstone's life (she was the wife of Minnesota senator Paul Wellstone.) Before her October, 2002 death in the plane crash that also took the life of her husband, Mrs. Wellstone worked statewide and nationally on preventing domestic violence. Additionally, Mrs. Wellstone was involved in supporting the family violence prevention work in the CHE's School of Social Work, and she was a supporter of Silent Witness, a Minneapolis-based domestic violence prevention organization, founded and directed by alumna, Janet Hagberg.

When Mrs. Wellstone and her husband were killed, Hagberg-a personal friend of both Wellstones-created the "Sheila Shawl" project in her memory. Through Silent Witness, she asked that individuals knit shawls in honor of Sheila; the shawls were then given to families of women who had been killed by domestic violence.

Hagberg asked Dean Baugher if the college would partner with her on an event that would take the Sheila Shawl project a step further. The result was the Sheila Shawl Extravaganza, which auctioned 12 exquisite, hand-crafted shawls (created by master knitters and prominent Minnesota women) in a live auction, and 30 additional shawls in a silent auction. …

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