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Join us at the Video Premiere of Understanding and Preventing Relationship Violence, May 24






The interviewees represent a wide variety of ages, involvements, perspectives, and professions in related fields of inquiry and intervention. It is hoped that seeing, hearing and discussing their views will lead audiences to deeper insights into the causes of such pain and violence in relationships. We hope we can thus learn to take steps together to prevent such negative outcomes and promote more positive ones, including progress in human care and love, cultural development, and justice.


  • To build awareness of the matter of relationship and breakup violence
  • To promote discussion among many age groups of the matter, and to identify the numerous contributing causes of such violence
  • To help viewers grasp the root causes of such violence such as shame and the intense human drive for self value which then in the face of loss can provoke great pain, confusion, domination, and harm
  • To initiate creation of a variety of entry points and tools for prevention
  • To promote action and organization for prevention and the betterment of both youth culture and the larger societal culture

Please RSVP to [email protected]

Wayland High School Auditorium

05/24/23 7:30pm – 05/24/23 9:30pm US/Eastern

Join us for our video presentation.


Loved to Death Workshop Debut, March 7 at Wayland High School

January 27, 2019


We are pleased to invite you to a comprehensive preview at Wayland High School at 264 Old Connecticut Path, Wayland, MA, 01778, focused on enlarging your tool box of resources for promoting at many grade levels effective relationships and violence prevention in the interest of the betterment of our culture.  The event will take place on Thursday, March 7 from 3:00 to 4:30 in the South Building Lecture Hall at Wayland High School.

For over three years the and the One Love Foundation ( have been collaborating in developing and spotlighting best practices across the country in preventing violence, including boys and men’s violence against girls and women, other genders and each other.  We believe that sound education around these challenging matters requires that youth be given numbers of appropriate invitations and options as they grow to develop effective preventive concepts and skills. Educators and other professionals have supported these efforts in that over 30 high schools and over 45 colleges and universities in Massachusetts and greater New England now make use of the programs we have been promoting, beginning with One Love’s original workshop Escalation.

We will use the collaborative occasion not only to preview again One Love’s Escalation Workshop, but also to debut a new tool and a larger repertoire of tools available through both foundations to enlarge your tool kit of relevant resources. The new tool to be presented and developed through the is the Loved to Death Workshop focused on the CBS 48 Hours documentary Loved to Death, presenting the story of Lauren Dunne Astley and concepts and skills in gender, dating, and break up violence prevention.

The Loved to Death Workshop is designed for use in one 55 Minute Period and can also be used for multiple periods of exploration and instruction.  The new workshop is aimed at high school grade levels, and was created with helpful parallels to One Love’s Escalation Workshop, aimed at high school seniors and mature juniors and college and university students.   In addition, other tools available through both foundations will also be presented with the aim of seeing that students have opportunities at numerous grade levels to advance their needed skills for effective, safe relationships and break ups, and violence prevention.

The Escalation Workshop is a 1.5 hour facilitated workshop for young people, aimed at high school seniors and college students, and often including some juniors in high schools for leadership the following year:

  • The centerpiece is an engaging 40-minute video depicting a young college couple from the earliest exciting stages of their relationship, escalating to a tragic end.
  • In its basic workshop form, the film is followed by a 45-minute, peer or adult facilitated discussion focused on helping students understand the warning signs of abuse, while also gaining clearer understanding of healthy versus unhealthy relationships, and learning skills for safe intervention and referral to specialist support when necessary.
  • One Love provides a 1.5 – 2 hour virtual or in-person training for facilitators several weeks before the workshop is provided to the student body.

There are two options you can consider relating to use of the Escalation Workshop preview at Wayland High School.

  1. You can view materials such as the trailer for Escalation at YouTube: and the #ThatsNotLove content, a collection of shorter videos available for educational use:
  2. If you cannot attend the screening of Escalation at Wayland High School, you can reach out directly to the One Love Boston team to learn more about how to bring One Love content to your school, college or community.  Email Claire Giampetroni at [email protected] to schedule a phone call or introduction meeting.

Please indicate your interest in attending the March 7 presentation with colleagues by contacting personnel at either foundation:

We look forward to the possibility of continued progress with you in this movement.


Mary Dunne

Malcolm Astley, 508-397-7055, [email protected]

Claire Giampetroni [email protected]

Community Walk and Vigil for Domestic Violence Awareness

At any given time there are 20 to 40 restraining orders in effect in Wayland and Sudbury and towns of similar size.  There have been 19 murder victims of related violence in Massachusetts this year, girls and women largely by far. 3 to 4 women die similarly every day in our country.  To raise awareness, and to witness and protest the pain, violence, and injustice, and also the culture of violence many males suffer, there will be a walk and vigil the evening of Tuesday, October 17.  The walk and vigil are sponsored by the Community Methodist Church, First Parish Unitarian Universalist in Wayland, the Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable, and the

The walk is planned to start at 5:45 PM at Community Methodist Church, now bathed in purple light (5 Damon Street, Wayland), and end at First Parish UU (50 Cochituate Road), Wayland, at 7 PM when the vigil will start and run until about 7:45.  Purple lights will envelope First Parish as they have the Community Methodist Church for two weeks in recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The vigil at First Parish UU, Wayland, planned for 7 to 7:45 PM, will include speakers, candles, and music. Participants will also read the names of the 19 relationship murder victims in Massachusetts to date this year. Community members are welcome to take part in both the walk and vigil.

Allison Koury, President, Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Round Table
Malcolm Astley, (508-397-7055)
Reverend Ted Crass, Community Methodist Church, Wayland
Reverend Stephanie May, First Parish Unitarian Universalist, Wayland

LDAMF Escalation Event

On October 21, The Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund presented a private premiere
a powerful, emotionally engaging 40-minute film that educates young people about violence and empowers them to work for change.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
The Showcase SuperLux

55 Boylston Street * Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
cocktail attire * hors d’oeuvres and drinks * space is limited
join us…join the movement
honoring Sharon Love
founder of the One Love Foundation

Fundraiser for the Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Foundation, October 21

astleylogo5On October 21st, the LDAMF will be hosting a private movie premier  “Escalation”—a powerful and emotionally engaging 40 minute film that educates young people about violence and empowers them to work or change. Escalation is a curriculum-based movie that the LDAMF will be utilizing to bring into high schools around the state. This is a film you should not miss. 100% of the proceeds go directly to the LDAMF program.  (Escalation trailer online here.)

  • The LDAMF mission is to promote dynamic educational programs, particularly those in the areas of the development of healthy teen relationships, the arts, and community service.
  • At the heart of our work is a commitment to the reduction of future violence, pain and loss and the promotion of more rewarding relationships. As Lauren liked to say, We can fix this!

You may have seen recently that Robert Kraft and the New England Patriots have joined forces with Attorney General Maura Healey to support domestic and sexual violence prevention and advocacy in Massachusetts. Just last week they announced a new multi-faceted initiative that will focus on education and training, especially among teens. This is a movement for young people and we all need to join. This is something that we should all be informed about for the young people that grace our lives each day.

It is my sincere hope that you will join the movement on October 21, 6:309:30pm.  Seating is limited, so sign up today at

Cocktail attire, hors d’oeuvres and drinks

Break the Silence – An Evening of Drama, Poetry, Dance and Music Exploring Dating Violence

Saturday, September 27, 2014 – 7:30pm
Jonas Clarke Middle School, 17 Stedman Road, Lexington, MA

Free and open to the public – reserve seats online here

Lexington’s Munroe Saturday Nights, in collaboration with the Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund, Waltham-based REACH Beyond Domestic Violence is creating an evening of original artistic performance focusing on relationship violence. The program uses drama, music, poetry, and dance to shine a light on how relationships become violent, how victims and observers can recognize the signs, and how concerned friends and family can intervene in the cycle that leads to violence.

The program’s primary audiences are middle school, high school, and college age students in the greater Boston area, as well as their parents, teachers, and friends. After the performance program, the audience will be invited to engage in conversation guided by experts, educators, and counselors in the field. Silence – and the ignorance it breeds – makes young women and men more vulnerable to relationship violence.

Program development has been informed by individuals with first-hand experience with relationship violence and the efforts to prevent and overcome it. Lauren Dunne Astley was a self-possessed young woman of energy, hope, and caring who had a passion for the arts. This special evening of performance will use the arts Lauren loved to help others avoid her own tragic experience.

Photos from Candlelight Vigil, July 3, 2012

Wayland Patch 7/5/12: Photo Gallery from Candlelight Vigil.

Remembering Lauren: Candlelight Vigil

A candlelight vigil will be held at First Parish Wayland on July 3rd at 7pm to mark the year anniversary of her murder.  Community, friends and family will come together for reflection and sharing.  Gatherers are invited to share brief readings and/or memories.    Light refreshments will be served afterward in the vestry.  For those interested, a discussion group on teen violence and healthy relationships will be led by Laura Van Sandt of REACH, will be offered.

Lauren Dunne Astley Mosaic

Dedication Ceremony:

News Coverage:

Wayland Town Crier 6/17/12: Honoring the memory of Lauren Astley in Wayland. It was a day to remember Lauren Astley and how she lived, not how she died. Yesterday, Wayland High School dedicated a mosaic that featured a rising sun over a blue ocean to Astley, who was murdered last year. “I think today is to say out loud, ‘Lauren, we miss you and we won’t forget you,’ ” said Astley’s mother, Mary Dunne, to the more than 200 gathered for the unveiling. “It’s beautiful and bold, just like Lauren.”

Wayland Patch 6/16/12: VIDEO: Community Gathers for Unveiling of Astley Mosaic. A project that began just a few months ago became a permanent fixture at Wayland High School Saturday afternoon as about 200 people gathered to unveil a glass mosaic created in memory of Lauren Dunne Astley. A group of about a dozen current and former WHS students worked primarily with teacher David Schmirer and artist Josh Winer, a 1974 graduate of WHS, to conceptualize and create the mosaic that now hangs in the courtyard at WHS.

Wayland Patch 6/13/12: Friends, Classmates Create Mosaic in Memory of Lauren Astley. It has been nearly a year since Lauren Dunne Astley was killed just weeks after graduating from Wayland High School. In that year, there has been much healing and much activity around town to memorialize Astley’s young, but influential life. But there hasn’t really been anything done at the high school where she spent four years with her closest friends and where so many students still there have fond memories of her.

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The Keep on Sparkling event is now closed for online sales.  There may be a few tickets left at Russell's or Donelan's.  As of 9:30am on Friday morning, there were 5 tickets available at Russell's and 2 at Donelan's.  If you would like to donate to the Lauren Astley Memorial Fund, please click here.