Did you know that 1 in 4 women have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime?
Did you know that 1 in 7 men have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime?
Did you know that 1 in 3 high school relationships involve abuse?
These statistics are real and organizations across the country are working hard to stop this cycle of abuse not only during National Domestic Awareness Month in October, but all year long.
One of those organizations is Kaity’s Way in Phoenix.
The life Bobbi and Ric Sudberry knew changed the afternoon of Jan. 28, 2008.
Their daughter, Kaity, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend as she walked home from school.
The 17-year-old had her whole life in front of her and it was cut short at the hands of domestic violence. Kaity was set to graduate that May and study wildlife science at Northern Arizona University.
The Sudberrys decided to make sure this doesn’t happen to other families through their nonprofit.
Since creating Kaity’s Way in 2009, Bobbi Sudberry has talked to more than 30,000 young people and adults across the country.
While her nonprofit focuses on teen dating relationships, Sudberry shares Kaity’s story with anyone who will listen and informs them about the warning signs and resources to get help.
“Quite honestly, dating violence, domestic violence, it’s all relationship violence,” she said. “We all want to put an end to it.”
Sudberry talks about five elements to base a healthy relationship on in all of her presentations. She calls them P.E.A.C.E. Rights and Responsibilities.
P – Patience
E – Empathy
A – Acceptance
C – Caring
E – Equality
“Those elements are then incorporated into having love, respect, honesty and trust with your partner,” Sudberry said.
P.E.A.C.E. Rights and Responsibilities strike a chord not only with young people but adults, too.
“I have a lot of parents that will come up to me after a presentation or get me on Facebook and comment how they wished my program was around when they were a kid because they could have really learned from this,” Sudberry said.
Sudberry continues to share her message of hope. If she can help just one person, then what she’s doing is worth every minute.
“The most important healthy relationship you need to have first is with yourself,” Sudberry said. “Love yourself and realize you’re an amazing person no matter what anyone is telling you.
“The people in your life, if they love you and really care about you, they’re going to encourage and empower you,” she continued.
If interested in having Sudberry speak at your school or organization visit www.kaitysway.org