Crisis Center urges people to listen when someone reports domestic violence
By Jeff Bahr
email@example.com Oct 9, 2018
Organizers of an effort to put purple ribbons on patrol cars hope the ribbons will actually increase efforts to lessen domestic violence.
Ribbons were attached to a large number of Nebraska State Patrol vehicles Tuesday morning outside the Troop C headquarters in Grand Island. The effort was made in conjunction with the Crisis Center as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
State Patrol investigator Tony Kavan, one of the people who attached the ribbons, said “of all of the crimes that we work on here in our office, the two that we probably see most commonly are sexual and domestic violence.”
Kavan and two other State Patrol investigators helped attach the ribbons to vehicle antennas. The State Patrol puts a lot of work into trying to curb driving under the influence and increase seat belt usage, among other things, Kavan said.
Kavan noted that people “talk a lot about awareness of domestic and sexual violence. But it seems like there’s very little effort as a community to understand and to curb what’s going on around us,” said Kavan, who’s on the Crisis Center Board of Directors.
This month, the Crisis Center wants to “make the public aware of who we are,” said Misty Schaecher, marketing and development coordinator.
That way, if a friend, family member or stranger tells people about something that happened to them, individuals will know where to send them.
Schaecher encourages people to be open-minded and to pay attention. “That’s the biggest thing, is to listen to people when they want to tell you this because it was hard for them to tell you, and to believe them,” Schaecher said. She also hopes people know about the resources available in the community.
On a morning that might have been called purple rain, the ribbons were attached by Schaecher and fellow Crisis Center employees Alexis Larson, Brooke Zelasney and Sarah Gambill. Kavan was assisted by State Patrol investigators Joe Hansen and Michael Henry. They all work in the State Patrol’s criminal investigative service.
The Hall County Sheriff’s Department and Aurora Police Department are also joining in the purple ribbon effort.
The Grand Island Police Department might also agree to take part. Crisis Center representatives haven’t yet connected with the police.
Grand Island Police Capt. Jim Duering said officers work closely with the Crisis Center. Domestic violence reports are one of the most common calls police receive, Duering said.
Crisis Center, Inc., provides services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Hall, Hamilton, Howard and Merrick counties.
Victims of domestic violence and sexual assault can seek help 24 hours a day by calling the Crisis Center at (308) 381-0555. People can also call 211 to find out what domestic violence agency covers their county.