BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Continuing their fight against domestic violence, the family of Yeardley Love is making a push for national awareness.
Monique Griego has more on how they’re looking to Congress for help.
It’s been nearly four years since the Cockeysville native and University of Virginia lacrosse player was beaten to death by her ex-boyfriend. It happened May 3, 2010.
Now her family is hoping to turn that tragic day into something positive.
“I have two lives. My life before May 3, 2010 and my life after,” said Sharon Love, victim’s mother.
Sharon Love is now trying to give that tragic day a new meaning through the One Love Foundation, which she started with Yeardley’s sister, Lexie Love.
Sharon Love is hoping to pass legislation to make May 3 the “National One Love Day” to raise awareness about dating violence.
“I think it’s still a topic that’s swept under the rug,” she said.
Joining the fight to pass the bill is Maryland Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger.
“Domestic violence is occurring everywhere, and we have to put a stop to it. The victims need to know how to call out for help,”said Ruppersberger, D-Maryland.
But this new legislation is only part of the One Love Foundation’s outreach. It has also created an awareness campaign about dating violence and two smartphone apps. The apps help people identify if they’re in an unhealthy relationship and offer ways to get help.
“Just take time out, step back and look at the situation and if there are problems,” Sharon Love said.
In 2012, George Huguely was convicted of Yeardley Love’s murder. He is serving a 23-year sentence.
For her family, turning May 3 into “National One Love Day” not only keeps her memory alive, it may also save countless others.
“If we can take such a horrendous thing and turn it into something positive that can help so many other people,” Sharon Love said.
The bill is just in the beginning stages, but Sharon Love is hoping to get it passed before May 3, 2015.
For more information on dating violence or the smartphone apps, click here.
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