More than three years ago, the story of Yeardley Reynolds Love touched the nation. A promising student and lacrosse player at the University of Virginia, Yeardley died on May 3, 2010, a victim of dating violence, killed by a former boyfriend.
Her family has committed themselves to keeping Yeardley’s spirit alive and working to end dating violence among young adults through the One Love Foundation. To support their efforts, Verizon Wireless, through its HopeLine program donated $10,000 to the organization. More than half of students have experienced dating violence while in college, and Verizon Wireless is committed to using its resources to help break the cycle of violence.
The One Love Foundation was established in 2010 by Yeardley’s mother, Sharon and sister, Lexi Love. Today, Yeardley’s spirit is kept alive through One Love’s programs that promote good character and service including Be 1 for the Change and Every Yard for Yeardley.
The organization also launched the One Love Lite smartphone app. This app allows users who feel they may be in an abusive relationship to complete a confidential questionnaire about their concerns. Based on the responses, the app provides resources and advice on how to get help.
This month is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and as we pause to remember Yeardley and others impacted by dating violence, it is important to speak out and take a stand against abuse. Looking for ways to get involved? Volunteer with domestic violence prevention organizations or donate an old cell phone to HopeLine.