Our view: Diane Moore a fearless advocate
Editorial Board • Suzanne Schlicht, publisher
• Lisa Schlichtman, editor
• Tom Ross, reporter
Contact the editorial board at 970-871-4221 or editor@SteamboatToday.com.
For 34 years, Diane Moore has been a fearless advocate for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault through her work with Advocates Building Peaceful Communities — a nonprofit organization she helped launch in 1984.
In our opinion, no one has done more for victims in our community than Moore. She worked tirelessly to provide women, and sometimes men, the support they needed to survive what was most likely the darkest time in their lives. She did this work, sometimes at her own peril, selflessly, and she earned a reputation for always being available to those who needed her, whether that was early in the morning or late at night.
Earlier this year, Moore stepped down as executive director of Advocates. Not only does she leave behind a legacy of devoted service to our community but big shoes to fill.
When Advocates was formed, at a time when there were few laws in place to protect victims, Routt County was one of only a few Colorado counties that did not have some type of program in place to support victims of domestic violence. She worked hard to create a strong safety net for victims, and the organization now helps about 300 victims per year through its staff of eight people and a dedicated group of volunteers.
Under Moore’s leadership, Advocates grew its list of services aimed at helping victims of domestic violence and sexual assault to include safe houses, a 24-hour crisis line, counseling, criminal justice system support and educational programs for schools and community groups. In addition, the organization created a program aimed at serving the immigrant population and established a system that facilitated a safe environment for family members to interact with one another through supervised visits.
And Moore’s efforts did not go unnoticed. In 2010, she received one of Steamboat’s highest honors bestowed on female community members when she earned the Hazie Werner Award for Excellence. She also was honored with the 2013 Doc Willett Award and the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s Change Maker Award in 2014.
For Moore, leading the Advocates organization was not a job but a calling, and she made a difference in our community. She helped those who were preyed upon by others feel like they had a voice and hope for a better life.
She also worked to raise awareness about domestic violence, which isn’t an easy task in a resort community that likes to market itself as a paradise free from the troubles of the world. But we are not immune to problems, and Moore was quick to remind people that four women and three children have died in Routt County as a result of family violence during the past 13 years, and there is still plenty of life-saving work to be done.
Thank you, Diane Moore for 34 years of dedicated service to Steamboat Springs and Routt County. Thank you for advocating for those who were too scared, too battered or too beaten down to stand up for themselves. Thank you for being a hero to many and for leading an organization that has impacted hundreds and hundreds of lives.
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