Dec 1, 2016

Pets vs. Partners

Last week, the next chapter of One Love's #ThatsNotLove campaign arrived.

Sometimes pets take advantage of our love. And we forgive them because they’re cute and fluffy and don’t know any better. But people should know better. Educate others with our new #OKforpetsnotpartners meme generator. Help us highlight the grey areas between love and control by creating your own #OKforpetsnotpartners meme. Go to to create a meme and tell others about the difference healthy and unhealthy relationships.

Below please learn more about the other chapters of One love's #ThatsNotLove campaign below or please visit

Feeling trapped in the Love Labyrinth is a very real and frightening symptom of relationship abuse. One way out is awareness.

Read the fine print. If your partner uses phrases like, “I love you” or “I’m sorry” to manipulate a situation, #thatsnotlove.

Our Couplets define the difference between a good relationship and an unhealthy one. If you see three or more of these warning signs in your relationship, it’s a problem. Don’t be ashamed to tell someone when #thatsnotlove

Such a simple phrase can take on a different meaning in an unhealthy relationship; escalating from a statement of care to one of control. Learn more about controlling statements and how you can empower your friends to make a difference.


Aug 30, 2016

One Love Foundation Update

The One Love Foundation starts conversations about healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviors by creating social consequences for abuse and empowering individuals to help themselves and their friends. Our ambitious goal is to provide young people with the tools to create a movement that changes the statistics around relationship violence and ultimately save lives.
One Love was created in 2010 to honor the memory of Yeardley Love, a UVA senior who was beaten to death by her ex-boyfriend just weeks before graduation. After her death, Yeardley’s family and friends were surprised to learn the statistics that: 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will be in a violent relationship in their lifetime. Nearly 50% of these women and 40% of these men experience relationship violence for the first time between ages 18-24. Young women ages 16-24 are at a 3X greater risk for abuse.
The statistics are daunting, but 85% of people WILL NOT be abusive. Our approach is to use engaging and relatable content that focuses on creating stigma around emotional abuse—a “gateway abuse” that is frequently visible to others, but not well understood or too easily explained away—while also teaching young people their role as a friend and bystander.
This is how One Love engages students and changes communities:
Escalation Workshop. The Escalation Workshop is a 90-minute, film-based experience that educated about the warning signs of an abusive relationship, creating a safe zone for discussing an all-too-common problem. Over 55,000 students have seen Escalation at over 1,000 unique workshops. The workshop is consistently cited as “relatable” and “eye-opening” by students. 
Here’s what to expect:
40 Mins. The film, Escalation, introduces us to Page and Chase, a college-aged couple whose relationship starts exciting and fun, but ends in tragedy. The film enables students to understand the more nuanced signs of relationship abuse as well as how important it is for friends to step in if they see these behaviors.
40 Mins. Following the film, the audience breaks into small discussion groups led by One Love trained facilitators to discuss key scenes from the film. Groups talk about the warning signs, actions that could have been taken, and how the film relates to their own lives.
10 Mins. In the last 10 minutes, students can join Team One Love where they will be provided with additional messaging around healthy and unhealthy relationships as well as receive activation ideas they can bring back to their friends and campus community.
#ThatsNotLove is a series of short, shareable digital content in four unique chapters [Chapter 1: Because I Love You, Chapter 2: Couplets, Chapter 3: Asterisk, Chapter 4: Love Labyrinth] that seeks to define the gray area between love and control. The campaign was intentionally designed and named to allow people to use the phrase, “That’s Not Love!” when they see friends in an unhealthy or abusive relationship. To date, the videos have been viewed over 27 million times. Students have used these videos as inspiration to create their own events and campaigns on campus:
Team One Love. After the workshop, students are prompted to join Team One Love—a community of over 13,000 people nationwide excited to carry the torch around this issue in their communities. Whether a student joins Team One Love individually and/or starts an official club or group on campus, One Love provides them with access to One Love staff mentors, continuous messaging about healthy and unhealthy relationships, 


May 16, 2016

One Love Foundation Progress Report - Love Labyrinth

We just launched the next chapter of our #ThatsNotLove campaign, Love Labyrinth. The idea behind the film is to depict how a relationship can quickly evolve into a labyrinth of manipulation: lonely, frightening, bewildering and hopelessly complex. “Love Labyrinth” sheds some light on the complex nature of relationship abuse and breaks it down in a way that is easier for people to understand. Once people see how a relationship can become manipulative and unhealthy, they begin to realize that this is an important issue and recognize that they’ve been exposed to this type of behavior before. We hope that you enjoy and will consider sharing.


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