Moffat County and Craig take stands against domestic violence |

Moffat County and Craig take stands against domestic violence

Moffat County Commissioner watches Kimberly Merrick from Advocates Crisis Support Services release purple balloons representing the frequency of domestic violence against women.
Patrick Kelly

In an effort to bring attention to the issue of domestic violence, Advocates Crisis Support Services invited community members to join in a national moment of silence for victims Thursday morning in Craig.

During the one minute moment of silence outside of Moffat County Courthouse, a purple balloon was released every nine seconds to illustrate the fact that every nine seconds a woman is battered or abused.

“Watching the balloons this morning made me think of the lives that they represent and how sad it is to see someone perhaps cut off from other people, someone who’s afraid, someone who maybe has lost hope,” said Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid.

According to stats from Craig Police Department, there have been 270 domestic violence calls to law enforcement so far in 2015.

After responding to a domestic violence call, Craig police officers work closely with Advocates to ensure the victims are receiving the help they need to feel safe, Sgt. John Forgay said.

This includes giving the victim pamphlets, calling Advocates and taking them to a safe house if necessary.

In addition to a 24-hour crisis line, Advocates offers support, safe shelter, judicial advocacy, personal advocacy, counseling and many more confidential services at no cost to clients.

“The number thing is just to take a stand against any kind of violence, realize that violence is never OK,” said Kathy Bockelman, interim director of Advocates.

Organizations like Take a Stand are helping reinforce that idea with events like the moment of silence it hosted in Washington, D.C., at the Capitol Thursday.

“We ask you to take a stand with us for those seven women abused every minute, 400 women abused every hour and 10,000 women abused every day,” states a news release from Take a Stand inviting communities to participate in the minute of silence.

Bockelman said community members could help advocates by referring victims, donating money or volunteering their time. Monetary donations can be made to Moffat County United WayMoffat County United Way, she said., she said.

Moffat County United Way, she said.

“I’m so glad we live in a community and county where people do care and we have organizations like Advocates to come alongside people who are in need of help,” Kinkaid said.

Advocates is hosting an educational event about domestic violence from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Clarion Inn & Suites.

The organization is also looking for a new executive director. Former director Sharon Farquhar left Advocates this summer, and Bockelman is acting as interim director until a replacement is found.

For more information visit Advocates on Facebook at

Domestic violence can be reported to the 24-hour hotline by dialing (970) 824-2400.

Reach Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or Reach Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or Follow him on Twitter @M_PKelly.Reach Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or Follow him on Twitter @M_PKelly.

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