Safehouse Cheyenne fighting back against domestic violence

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KGWN) - Safehouse in Cheyenne is working to fight back against domestic violence. This year alone, the organization has housed more than 390 people from domestic violence- their highest amount ever.

Nationwide, more than 1,600 women were murdered by men in 2015, according to the new Violence Policy Center (VPC). The study they did uses 2015 data, the most recent year for which information is available. The study covers homicides involving one female murder victim and one male offender, and uses data from the FBI’s Supplementary Homicide Report.

According to the FBI, 93 percent of women killed by men were murdered by someone they knew and the most common weapon used was a gun.

For homicides in which the age of the victim was reported, there were 109 female homicide victims (7 percent) who were less than 18 years old and 192 victims (12 percent) who were 65 years of age or older. The average age was 41 years old.

Out of 1,686 female homicide victims, 1,110 were white, 476 were black, 48 were Asian or Pacific Islander, 28 were American Indian or Alaskan Native, and 24 were of unknown race.

If you want to join Safehouse Cheyenne in the fight against domestic violence, a silent witness ceremony will be heldFriday afternoon at 3pm at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens.

On October 13th, Safehouse will hold its annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner. Tables are still available until Tuesday October 9th. You can call 634-8655 for reservations. The dinner will be held at 6 pm at the Radisson Hotel.

The annual event honors and remembers women killed by acts of domestic violence in Laramie County