Lynchburg, Va. -- University of Lynchburg's campus community once again gathered in Turner Gymnasium to work toward putting an end to relationship violence on campus by means of the One Love escalation workshop.
It was the third year of Lynchburg athletics' department-wide effort to draw attention to the issue of relationship violence by partnering with One Love, and just as importantly, to educate members of Lynchburg's community how to spot the warning signs of relationship violence.
About 700 Lynchburg students, faculty and staff, and community members gathered Sunday evening for the hour-and-a-half-long workshop presented by the One Love Foundation and Lynchburg's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
The group watched a 45-minute film depicting relationship violence and, following the video, split into small discussion groups which encouraged attendees to talk about the warning signs of abuse and what they can do to see them and stop them.
Named for former University of Virginia women's lacrosse player Yeardley Love, who was killed by her ex-boyfriend in 2010, the One Love Foundation was formed by the Love family to educate and raise awareness about relationship abuse and how to address it.
SAAC members and student facilitators introduced the video that served as a prelude to the escalation workshop, a 90-minute session designed to highlight the warning signs for relationship violence and encourage people to speak out against it.
Lynchburg had more than 60 community members volunteer to become facilitators, by far its largest number in the three years of the event.
"It's amazing to see so many members of our Lynchburg community want to participate in One Love as facilitators," SAAC's communications chair and field hockey senior Lindsay Riley said. "The whole point of One Love and the workshop is to get people more knowledgeable about the issue of relationship violence, and I think it's really important that our athletic community takes a leadership role in keeping our community free from such a prevalent problem on many college campuses."
One in three women and one in four men will experience relationship violence in their lifetime, according to the One Love Foundation, but with escalation workshops such as Lynchburg's, it hopes to change that statistic.
Lynchburg is one of nearly 900 college campuses that has played host an escalation workshop, reaching more than 13,000 people in total.
To learn more about the One Love Foundation visit www.joinonelove.org.