By Erica Kearns
Victims of domestic violence were honored at a ceremony at the Clay Courthouse Tuesday. The vigil began with YWCA workers Pam Gillenwater and Valerie Strege speaking of the community effort that is made every day to eliminate domestic violence and to heal those who have been affected by such acts. Pastor Jim Paxton delivered the invocation as Jason and Michelle Bodkins sang. Guest speakers included Commissioner Mike Pierson and a former victim of domestic violence.
Deputy Robert Belt was presented with a recognition award for his concern and assistance to victims of domestic violence. Candles were lit as a moment of silence took place for those lost to acts of domestic violence.
Approximately thirty people died last year as a result of domestic violence. Help and resources are available to those in need. Resolve outreach workers are available for information and services and can be reached in the Clay office at 587-7243. Those needing immediate assistance can call the domestic violence crisis line at 1-800-681-8663.