Today, I would like to talk about a wonderful organization that is helping end teen dating violence, called One Love Foundation.
In 2010, Yeardley Love was murdered by her ex-boyfriend just weeks before her college graduation from the University of Virginia. It was a senseless and avoidable tragedy. Her ex-boyfriend had shown signs of increasing violence toward Yeardley, which went unnoticed. From this senseless tragedy, One Love Foundation was created by Yeardley’s mother, Sharon Love, and Yeardley’s sister, Lexie.
Teens and young adults are at a greater risk for dating violence than the rest of the population, but until recently there has not been a large focus on this demographic.
One Love Foundation has changed this. They have started a movement. They are not letting Yeardley’s death become just a statistic. They are saving lives in the name of Yeardley by empowering young people. One Love teaches them about healthy, unhealthy, and abusive relationships through ‘a multi-layered education, awareness and movement-building campaign’.(1)
One Love has been extremely successful in its mission to end dating violence. Many lives have been saved because of this movement.
There are many, many advocates who work to end dating and domestic violence by using their voices. All are inspiring. I try to do my part to end dating violence by speaking to students about healthy, unhealthy, and abusive relationships.
Sunday night, I spoke to University of North Florida’s Alpha Chi Omega sorority about dating violence. Although I know the sisters have heard the message before, I could in their eyes that my words still affected them. Some have probably experienced dating violence. Others may know someone who has been or is currently in an unhealthy relationship. The education the students receive through programs, such as One Love, will guide them away from abusive relationships.
We can all do our part to end dating violence. Be there for our family and friends. Talk about and exhibit healthy relationships. Remind everyone that abuse is unacceptable. Guide them to someone who can help. If you know someone who is in an abusive relationship and need advice on how to help, or if you are in an abusive relationship, please reach out to your local domestic violence organization or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233.
For more information about One Love Foundation, click here.
Remember, if we can help just one person, we’ve done our job.
Drowning, by Katelin Maloney
Rebecca has simple dreams. A promotion. Children. A happy marriage. But can she have it with Mitch?
Though she carefully keeps secrets to guard her safety, her marriage to Mitch, a successful doctor, is brutal, and his abuse is escalating. A promotion at the bank could be the answer to her prayers, but Mitch has different plans for her life.
Ultimately, Rebecca must face her own inner demons before she can act. Will she be able to find her former, stronger self before Mitch destroys her completely?
Drowning is vivid portrayal of living in an abusive relationship, learning to love oneself, and allowing others to enter our hearts. With a surprising twist, this story will captivate readers long after they’ve completed the book.