Fighting abuse 7 years after Yeardley Love's murder

Posted at 9:39 AM, May 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-03 09:39:20-04

Wednesday marks seven years since Yeardley Love, a Cockeysville native and University of Virginia student, was killed by her boyfriend George Huguely.

He is convicted of killing Love in her apartment in Charlottesville in 2010, just weeks before graduation. Evidence in the case showed repeated incidents of abuse behavior by Huguely toward Love, including sending threatening messages to Love after their two-year relationship ended.

Now, Love's family is working to raise money and awareness to battle domestic violence through the One Love Foundation.

The foundation educates people aged 16 to 24 about the warning signs of abuse through films and workshops with students to prevent what happened to Love from happening to anyone else.

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Love's mother and cousin posted a video on Twitter Tuesday, urging increased education about relationship abuse.

"When we started showing the films and doing the workshops, the most surprising thing was that these students said they see this all the time. They didn't see it as abusive behavior. They saw it as just things that happened in college," said Sharon Love, Yeardley's mother.

The family is asking for donations to continue their education programs.

"When you see someone drunk you take away the keys. We want the same knee-jerk response when you see abusive behavior. This must stop," said Yeardley's mother.

They are using the Twitter hashtag #OneLoveGivingDay to spread the message.

To donate to the One Love Foundation, visit their website.