A display in front of the Pershing County Courthouse reminds passersby of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
A display in front of the Pershing County Courthouse reminds passersby of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Cheryl Bjerke recently tied purple ribbons around the trees in the courthouse park. 

It’s to remind people about National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Americans have observed the custom every October since 1981.

Check out the planter at the foot of the courthouse steps. Instead of flowers, purple pinwheels spin. The display brings the message home.

“These pinwheels represent our number of Pershing County victims each year. Sixteen adults reached out for help in 2019, which included 29 children,” say the signs.

Bjerke directs the Pershing County DVI. Like all nonprofits, it faces dwindling donations and rising needs in the wake of the coronavirus. 

The DV I has fought back with garage sales and a movie night at Hay Bale Theater, but appreciates continued community support.

Pershing County DVI is based in Lovelock. 

However, according to their Facebook page, they travel to Grass Valley and Imlay the first and third Saturdays of every month. They are in Grass Valley from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

They stop by Imlay from 1:30 until 5:30 p.m.

For help, call the Pershing County DVI’s 24-hour hotline at 775-442-1353.