If you have been reading LoveEatRun for a while now, you know that the domestic violence murder of Yeardley Love that happened in May of 2010 is a case that hits particularity close to home for me. If you aren’t familiar with the story, Yeardley was brutally murdered by her ex-boyfriend just weeks before her college graduation from the University of Virginia.
Yesterday, Yeardley’s mom and sister, Sharon and Lexie, appeared on the Katie show to discuss domestic violence, the warning signs (or lack thereof) and the consequences. It was an emotional hour of television and some of the facts presented really struck a chord with me:
- 1 in 3 women are victims of domestic violence
- 500 women a year are killed at the hands of domestic violence
- 1 in 10 high school students have been physically harmed by a boyfriend or girlfriend
The whole situation really is just so heart-wrenching and gut-twisting. I feel beyond belief for both Sharon and Lexie and wish them continued healing.
So many people say that they are or had been strangers to domestic violence until a situation hit close to home for them. Hopefully with the continued success of the One Love Foundation, which was started by Yeardley’s family, domestic violence won’t be a behind the scenes killer anymore but rather something that all young women and men are aware of, educated about and prepared to face and put an end to.
My college sorority’s philanthropic cause is supporting the victims of Domestic Violence so, with how shocking Yeardley’s story was to me, the concept behind it wasn’t new. The month of October is almost upon us and is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, so do yourself a favor and learn more about this brutal and all-to-often silent killer.
If you are interested in learning more here are some links to better educate yourself so you can keep yourself, your sisters, mothers, friends, etc. safe and alive! Don’t just question what you see, hear or think about your relationship or another’s that you believe may be unsafe. Don’t let the voices in your head make excuses for the abuser – get educated and help save a life.
On this purple Friday – let’s rock our purple for more than just the Ravens. Show your support of victims of domestic violence and also your support of raising awareness to prevent more victims in the future.
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