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Moffat County outreach groups form bridges to address domestic violence

Craig Mayor Ray Beck speaks to a crowd Thursday night at Clarion Inn & Suites about the facts of domestic violence locally and across the country. "Take a Stand" was hosted by Advocates-Crisis Support Services to discuss the topic and highlight the many organizations working to combat domestic violence and its outcomes.
Andy Bockelman

When facing an issue that affects some people more harshly than others, it’s important to remember that consequences can be widespread and often requires an entire community to take on a problem.

As part of Domestic Violence Awareness MonthDomestic Violence Awareness Month, , Advocates-Crisis Support ServicesAdvocates-Crisis Support Services hosted “Take a Stand” Thursday night at Clarion Inn & Suites, a community awareness event to address domestic violence in the region and nationwide and all its ripple effects. hosted “Take a Stand” Thursday night at Clarion Inn & Suites, a community awareness event to address domestic violence in the region and nationwide and all its ripple effects.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Advocates-Crisis Support Services hosted “Take a Stand” Thursday night at Clarion Inn & Suites, a community awareness event to address domestic violence in the region and nationwide and all its ripple effects.

In 2014, Advocates fielded 155 calls about the topic locally and assisted 187 victims of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and adult and child sexual abuse. Last year, the organization provided nearly 1,000 bed nights, sheltering 12 adults and 16 children who sought safety.

Speakers included Mayor Ray Beck and psychotherapist Gary Gurney, as well as representatives of law enforcement and many health and social groups in Craig and Moffat County, including Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse AssociationNorthwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, , Northwest Rocky Mountain CASANorthwest Rocky Mountain CASA, , Grand Futures Prevention CoalitionGrand Futures Prevention Coalition, , Moffat County United WayMoffat County United Way, Craig Police Department and others., Craig Police Department and others.

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA, Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, Moffat County United Way, Craig Police Department and others.

“We’re trying to build collaboration with all the area resources so the public knows who to refer people to and we don’t have cracks in our system,” said Kymberly Merrick, volunteer for Advocates.

For more information on how to help or get help from Advocates, call the 24-hour hotline at 970-824-2400.

With about a dozen different entities providing information about their services, those who attended were swimming in information about the many causes and effects of domestic violence, including education and poverty.

Also present were outlets aiding in the recovery of domestic violence survivors.

Teresa Laster, vice president for the board of Freedom Hooves Therapeutic RidingFreedom Hooves Therapeutic Riding, said children who have been in a violent household can benefit greatly from hippotherapy, and she has seen many who have been emotionally traumatized start to heal thanks to bonding with a horse., said children who have been in a violent household can benefit greatly from hippotherapy, and she has seen many who have been emotionally traumatized start to heal thanks to bonding with a horse.

Freedom Hooves Therapeutic Riding, said children who have been in a violent household can benefit greatly from hippotherapy, and she has seen many who have been emotionally traumatized start to heal thanks to bonding with a horse.

“It just takes that first step of asking for help,” she said.

Another issue associated with domestic violence is a victim taking his or her own life to end suffering.

Meghan Francone, executive director of Reaching Everyone Preventing SuicideReaching Everyone Preventing Suicide, said domestic violence contributes to the suicide epidemic. Additionally, Colorado is situated in “the Suicide Belt” a region that saw 19.7 suicides per 100,000 people in 2013, according to , said domestic violence contributes to the suicide epidemic. Additionally, Colorado is situated in “the Suicide Belt” a region that saw 19.7 suicides per 100,000 people in 2013, according to Centers for Disease Control statisticsCenters for Disease Control statistics. While Montana’s numbers are the highest for several subsets, Colorado was seventh among states in total suicides, eighth in elderly and youth ages 15 to 24 and third in women, 9.8 per 100,000 that year.. While Montana’s numbers are the highest for several subsets, Colorado was seventh among states in total suicides, eighth in elderly and youth ages 15 to 24 and third in women, 9.8 per 100,000 that year.

Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide, said domestic violence contributes to the suicide epidemic. Additionally, Colorado is situated in “the Suicide Belt” a region that saw 19.7 suicides per 100,000 people in 2013, according to Centers for Disease Control statistics. While Montana’s numbers are the highest for several subsets, Colorado was seventh among states in total suicides, eighth in elderly and youth ages 15 to 24 and third in women, 9.8 per 100,000 that year.

While the correlation to domestic violence isn’t direct, the numbers are still sobering.

“Any time you’re talking about suicide, domestic violence increases those fundamental risk factors, especially those environmental and personal factors,” she said, noting a recent pilot program in the area to combat suicides committed with guns.

Putting faces to the names of groups working toward the same ends was helpful, Francone said.

“This gathering is a great tool for awareness and for resources to work together, step out of our silos and bridge the gaps in between us so we can provide the best care for our community and wrap loving arms around those dealing with domestic violence and hopefully save lives,” she said.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.


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