Women ages 18 to 24 are at greatest risk of becoming victims of domestic violence, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Domestic abuse is prevalent in every community and affects all people regardless of age, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender and race.
To bring awareness to the issues of domestic violence LMU’s service organization, the Belles, will be hosting events throughout October, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
“It’s imperative for us to be able to have these tough conversations and act upon them if we truly value our commitment to service and justice,” said Erick Carranza, a junior psychology and Spanish double major. He went on to explain how great it is that the LMU community recognizes that domestic violence is an important issue in society.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the “Day of Unity” held in October 1981 and created by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, according to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence. As stated on their site, the purpose of the awareness month is to mourn those who have died because of domestic violence, celebrate those who have survived and connect those who work to end violence.
Domestic violence is not an issue just between intimate partners; it also occurs between ex-partners and family members, including children. Domestic violence is especially prevalent on college campuses, with estimates ranging from 10 to 50 percent of students are victims of domestic violence, the Department of Justice reported.
To close out domestic violence awareness month, the Belles will be hosting their annual candlelight vigil on Oct. 30. On their event page, they state the purpose of the vigil is to “reflect, love and support.” All are invited and welcomed.
LMU CARES and Student Psychological Services are just a couple of the support services offered to students who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and unhealthy relationships. All students are urged to seek out one of the many resources LMU has to offer if they are in need of help.
If you find yourself in a dangerous situation or a victim of domestic abuse, you can also call the Domestic Violence Awareness hotline at 1−800−799−7233 or message them on their website.
Source: The Los Angeles Loyolan