"It's not the public conception of what a typical domestic violence victim is …" Campbell says. "We don't think it happens to well-educated, middle-class younger women."
In the fall after Yeardley was killed, Sharon and Lexie Love were invited to a commemoration held every year for the Violence Against Women Act sponsored by one of the law's authors, Vice President Joe Biden. Sharon Love has come to view Biden as a friend, which is how she introduced him earlier this year at a Washington event, saying they had an understanding beyond words due to their experience with loss.
Biden had called her on the first anniversary of Yeardley's death, Love says, and shared advice on how he coped with the deaths of his wife and daughter in a 1972 car crash.
"He said, keep a calendar, and mark every day one through 10, with one being the worst and 10 being the best. Gradually, you'll look back at the calendar and you'll see you had 10 days, you'll have more 10 days than one days," Love says, recalling the conversation. "So we did that."
Days when she didn't feel like she could get out of bed were 1's. Days when she was busy and optimistic were, if not 10's, at least closer to that end of the scale.
It's still tempting at times to retreat from the public sphere, but then there will be a "Every Yard for Yeardley" fundraising event, or other activities to promote the foundation's work. And Love thinks of how so many, both friends and strangers alike have reached out to her in the wake of the murder and have supported the work being done in her memory.
"People have been so kind to us. That has kept us going," she says. "When you see the very worst, you also get to see the very best."
One Love App
The One Love Foundation has released a danger-assessment app based on research into relationship violence conducted by Jacquelyn Campbell of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. It can be downloaded from JoinOneLove.org. The foundation's public service announcement about violence can be viewed at YouTube.com/JoinOneLove. Text NEWS to 70701 to get Baltimore Sun local news text alerts