As a service organization, our primary social justice cause is domestic violence as we seek to advocate for the victims. In October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we focus our efforts on trying to increase awareness against domestic violence in various ways. One such way is through our silent protests as we, alongside many of our fellow LMU students, stand in solidarity with the victims by placing tape over our mouths and holding up statistics on posters. Our presence is not meant to promote comfort in students, professors, and other people passing by; rather, we aim to educate. Some of the alarming statistics are:
- Domestic violence (also known as intimate partner violence) can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, income, or other factors.
- One in 4 women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime.
- Women ages 20 to 24 are at greatest risk of becoming victims of domestic violence.
- Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.