Creighton’s Violence Intervention and Prevention Center hosted a film screening and discussion Tuesday evening in which students participated in a workshop about recognizing the signs of relationship abuse.
The workshop was conducted by an organization called One Love that was established in 2010 by Sharon Love. Love started the organization after her daughter, Yeardley, experienced an unhealthy relationship and was killed by her ex-boyfriend.
The film that was screened at the event, “Escalation,” tells Yeardley Love’s tragic, true story.
Associate director of the VIP Center, Lauren Ward, said that the film is really a call to action.
“Too often, people don’t intervene, especially with dating violence, because we’re unsure of what we’re looking at,” Ward said. “Is that love? Or is that unhealthy? As confusing as it is, sometimes they look really similar. ‘Escalation’ really makes you think about what it is that you are seeing and if there’s cause for concern.”
The VIP Center wanted to host the workshop because of the film’s message about dating violence, but the workshop was also relevant because October is Dating and Domestic Violence Awareness month.
College of Arts and Sciences senior and VIP Center Program Coordinator Abby Weber said that the VIP Center always tries to offer informational programs to students during the month of October and that they had been interested in bringing the One Love workshop to campus in the past.
“[‘Escalation’] is relatable to students because it is not just a speaker talking about the warning signs, but rather a visual depiction of what those warning signs look like in a typical relationship,” Weber said.
Weber said that the One Love workshop was just one of many programs that educate the Creighton community.
“It is significant that the One Love film screening be held at Creighton because dating violence is a common occurrence, even at Creighton,” Weber said. “However, many students are not aware that dating violence is such a prevalent issue. We want this screening to start a conversation about what dating violence is, what the signs look like, and what each individual can do to prevent it.”
College of Arts and Sciences junior and VIP Center Program Coordinator Meredith Lloyd said that the film tied into the VIP Center’s work, which strives to help Creighton students “find their voices again.”
“My job, along with three other interns, is to host programs and advocate on campus,” Lloyd said. “In that sense, I’d say my favorite part of that is that we get to give a voice to the community and proactively fight for what we believe in.”