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Tie a purple ribbon …Task force brings attention to regional domestic violence


(L-R) Kristy Beckstead, Marsha Lance and Grangeville Police Chief Morgan Drew hang purple ribbons on Grangeville’s Main Street to help bring awareness to domestic violence.

Photo by Lorie Palmer
(L-R) Kristy Beckstead, Marsha Lance and Grangeville Police Chief Morgan Drew hang purple ribbons on Grangeville’s Main Street to help bring awareness to domestic violence.



GRANGEVILLE – Area domestic violence task force members were tying one on Monday, Oct. 6. Tying ribbons, that is.

Kristy Beckstead with YMCA-Grangeville, Marsha Lance with Syringa Hospital and Grangeville Police Chief Drew Morgan tied purple ribbons on the lampposts on Grangeville’s Main Street.

“These serve as a reminder during Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October,” Beckstead explained.

In the first eight months of 2014, the regional YWCA has provided support and advocacy to more than 275 victims of domestic violence in North Central Idaho who were seeking assistance in building a life free from violence and abuse. They also provided safe shelter to 56 women and children.

Throughout Grangeville, Beckstead will provide restaurants with “table toppers” that provide information and statistics regarding domestic violence. Black silhouettes will be placed throughout the region as reminders of those who died as a result of domestic violence.

This Friday, Oct. 11, a domestic violence awareness conference will be held at Quality Inn in Clarkston.

“We’re doing all we can to get the word out and help prevent domestic violence,” Beckstead said.

For local help call 983-0888 or in Lewiston 743-1535; www.ywcaidaho.org.



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