The mother of Gabby Petito has devoted herself to helping other women struggling with abusive relationships. Nichole Schmidt on behalf of the Gabby Petito foundation, has partnered with the National Domestic Violence Hotline through a $100,000 donation. Petito’s death made national headlines last year after she was allegedly murdered by her boyfriend Brian Laundrie while on a cross-country trip. Schmidt told reporters “I think Gabby’s story touched a lot of people and she’s saving lives. I get people messaging me all the time that they were inspired by her to get out of a relationship”.
Gabby’s story captivated the nation. I know personally, that I followed the story obsessively while it was happening. The whole situation is tragic and the revelations of domestic violence are heartbreaking. Hopefully, this money from the Gabby Petito Foundation will save at least one life via the domestic violence hotline. I only wigh Gabby had taken the steps to get help and this situation could have been avoided. If you or someone you know are a victim of domestic violence please call the hotline and get help. It can and will get better. And you deserve to live a safe and happy life.
I’ll be very interested to follow the trial if it does in fact happen. Gabby’s family is suing the Laundrie’s and Brian’s estate over her death and the lack of cooperation from her parents.