On June 15, 2011, L. Y. Marlow was invited by host Scott West of Daybreak USA to speak on her and her family’s experience with domestic violence. Through relaying her experiences in the beginning of the interview, L. Y. reveals that the violence did not stop at the first, second, or even the third generation of women in her family, but further extended to a fourth generation, affecting her own daughter and grandchild, both of whom almost lost their lives. For over sixty years, domestic violence was able to thrive in the family for one reason: silence. This is not only the silence of victims who are afraid to speak out but the silence of those in their family, circle of friends, and the bigger community who felt that if it wasn’t mentioned it would go away on its own. That it wasn’t their business.
L. Y. admits that she didn’t speak to her daughter about domestic violence. However, after her daughter and granddaughters’ lives were threatened on more than one occasion, she stepped in to help free her daughter of the abuse that was able to take root as a result of the silence passed on from generation to generation. L. Y. was moved to found Saving Promise, a non-profit dedicated to educating others about violence and providing resources and tools for those currently being victimized to leave their abusive relationships.
Further, L. Y. authored the biography Color Me Butterfly: A True Story of Courage, Hope, and Transformation, where she shares her family’s story and details the history of how domestic violence first invaded her grandmother’s life.
For more information on L. Y. Marlow and her non-profit Saving Promise, please visit her website Saving Promise.