To honor the one-year anniversary of UVA student Yeardley Love's death on May 3, Glamour is encouraging women to talk about relationship violence - both to ask for help and to offer it without judgment. Glamour's Tell Somebody campaign is aimed at raising awareness about the secret that kills four women a day in the United States - relationship abuse. Over the course of an average year in twenty-first-century America, more than 1,400 women will be murdered by someone they've loved.Glamour asks: Why are women more likely to be killed by their boyfriends now than they were 35 years ago? And what can we do to reverse the trend?
In a new Glamour/ Harris Interactive online survey of 2,542 women ages 18 to 35 - single, living with a partner and married - 29 percent said they'd been in an abusive relationship. Another 30 percent said they'd never been abused but then went on to acknowledge that, at some point, a partner had viciously hurt them: from verbal degradation to being strangled or threatened with a knife. That means more than half of all women have been harmed by their partner. You can view the top findings from the survey here. The Tell Somebody campaign kicks off in Glamour's June issue with an interview with Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden, who have been trying to raise awareness about this issue. Also included in the feature are family photos of Yeardley Love that serve as a reminder that the women we hear about in the news are much more than just headlines.