Relationship Abuse: One Love Foundation #LoveBetter

When my youngest was in high school I was reading the weekly online PTO newsletter that was usually a wealth of information and resources and a welcome distraction from my workday. As a recently divorced woman, who was now dating, I found myself curious about an organization that was coming onsite to talk to teenager’s about “healthy” relationships. I was curious and opened the link. Please take a moment to #lovebetter.

One mother’s tragedy: On May 3rd, 2010 my daughter, Yeardley Love, was beaten to death by her ex-boyfriend just three weeks before their graduation from the University of Virginia. I’ve said these words countless times in the years since as I tell our story, yet they still seem as impossible and unimaginable as they did that day.

When the police officers came to my door that morning, I had never had a worry about relationship abuse– it just wasn’t on my radar screen. My biggest concern for Yeardley had always been that she would be injured on the lacrosse field or, even worse, be hurt in a car accident. To hear that someone she had cared for had hurt her – let alone killed her – was and still is beyond my comprehension.  I didn’t know then what I know now – that relationship abuse is a public health epidemic and that young women in Yeardley’s age group are at a 3X greater risk for being in an abusive relationship than any other demographic. But when the police came to the door that morning, we had no idea of those stats and we had no idea that Yeardley had been at risk.

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Excerpt from https://www.joinonelove.org (One Love Foundation) #lovebetter

On May 3rd, 2010 my daughter, Yeardley Love, was beaten to death by her ex-boyfriend just three weeks before their graduation from the University of Virginia. I’ve said these words countless times in the years since as I tell our story, yet they still seem as impossible and unimaginable as they did that day.

When the police officers came to my door that morning, I had never had a worry about relationship abuse– it just wasn’t on my radar screen. My biggest concern for Yeardley had always been that she would be injured on the lacrosse field or, even worse, be hurt in a car accident. To hear that someone she had cared for had hurt her – let alone killed her – 

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