Reporting Christie Ileto
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Teaching young people how to identify the warnings signs of a dangerous relationship. That’s what a local foundation, created in memory of Cockeysville native Yeardley Love, is doing through a film.
Christie Ileto has more real life storylines that organizers say will save lives.
Sixty minutes on tape, with one big message: stop relationship violence.
“The storylines are broken down into these four escalating phases of relationship violence,” the film explains.
And those stories are as real as they come.
“Where suddenly the perpetrator in this case doesn’t allow the victim to make choices, focusing on a lot of control issues. Cyberbullying.”
The One Love Foundation–organized in memory of Cockeysville’s Yeardley Love–is the driving force behind the educational video.
Until Love’s publicized murder by her ex-boyfriend, dating violence was something women thought would never happen to them. Now, her family and the foundation are spotlighting the issue.
“The biggest goal is that people stop ignoring signs and catch them at an earlier time.”
Each year, domestic violence kills more than 450 women between 16 to 26 years old. Studies show one in three women will be affected by relationship violence in her lifetime–one in four during college.
With stats like these, the foundation is hoping the educational film will drive young people to their smartphones.
The One Love Foundation developed an app, and it’s free.
Love’s family told WJZ in February, the 20 question test shows if someone is in a dangerous relationship.
“Have people say, ‘Hey, that doesn’t look healthy. Take this test and see if things aren’t adding up properly.”
And with the film set to reach even more young adults, organizers say it will be another tool to top this dangerous trend from taking another innocent life.
The foundation says the educational film will be shown to colleges and high schools early next year.
To find out more about the warning signs for dating violence and the One Love Foundation app, click here.
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