Safe Embrace yesterday hosted a candlelight vigil to support domestic violence survivors as part of October being domestic violence awareness month.
Amanda Cuevas, a crisis response and intervention supervisor at Safe Embrace, talked to the crowed of around 30 people. She discussed how Nevada ranks number 3 in the U.S. for most females killed by male partners.
Cuevas mentioned that this was a slight improvement in that Nevada has placed at number 1 in the past. She said Nevada may never be at the very bottom of the list but expressed the hope that the silver state no longer be in the top 10.
Attendees created a small circle and took a moment of silence, holding small candles to remember those who have passed and those still with us.
The Grand Sierra Resort also changed the color of its lights to purple to mark the day, thanks to the efforts of a Safe Embrace intern.
Ty O’Neil is a lifelong student of anthropology with two degrees in the arts. He is far more at home in the tear gas filled streets of war torn countries than he is relaxing at home. He has found a place at This Is Reno as a photojournalist. He hopes to someday be a conflict photojournalist covering wars and natural disasters abroad.