Thank you for this.
You are so welcome, Patty. And thank you for all you do for our foundation. I am so happy you're on our board and helping us keep everything running smoothly. Could not do this without you!
What an important message, of course for our daughters, but really, for ALL. Godspeed, Bill with your brave work here.
Thank you, Perry. We have had 400 visitors to this site this first full week. I know with your help and the help of others, this whole new direction will make an incredible impact on this issue. I feel great about this and we're just getting warmed up!!! -- Bill
Bill is an amazingly talented speaker and full of knowledge about dating violence. He has done his homework. He'll keep you on the edge of your seat with his presentations. He can bring a room full of people to complete silence because he is so engaging. Dating violence is a very serious subject and if his presentation can help one person, he will be happy and know that he's done a good job. This is a very real issue and almost everyone knows someone who's dealing with this.
I will continue to do my homework because the more all of us know, the more we can do in directing people to healthier relationships. There is so much to be learned and to be passed on to those in real need. We are all in this together.
This is such important work that you are doing. So many teens, particularly girls, do not know the difference between loving behavior and controlling behavior - or what to do if they suspect something is wrong in their relationship. Thank you for your potentially life-saving efforts.
Thank you so much. We have helped a good number of young women and men to reconsider the relationships they are in. We feel it's our responsibility to tell what we have learned, often the hard way, about what is healthy and what is not. Once in a while we get solid feedback that our message is making people think. It is rewarding ti make a positive difference. -- Bill
As a long-time professional in the field, I have spoken to many parents about the issue of teen dating violence and attended many speaking engagements on the issue, but I have never seen an audience's attention held the way Bill is able to. He shares his experience with raw honesty and then reflects on the situation using what he has learned and is able to share with parents everything that he wish he had known. He is a shining of example of someone trying to heal by making some good come from a terrible tragedy. I am grateful whenever I have the chance to hear Bill speak and I hope every parent gets the opportunity.
Thank you. You understand our motivations completely. Just trying to take our energy and direct it to do some good. with your help I want to speak out more often, to more people. Awareness of this issue is our first job and we have plenty to do in that area.
For the past 10 years, I have been involved with Kristin's Krusade and the KMF. I continue to be amazed at Bill and Michele's passion for the Krusade. As a father of two girls (24 and 18) as well as someone who taught Kristen and continue to teach college females I now know how important this topic is to EVERYONE. Please help us continue to spread the word and support the cause.
Thanks for your comment. As you know quite well, most of us had no idea about dating violence or dating abuse until Kristin was killed. Then we were right in the middle of it all.
It is our job now to see that young women and me know what this is -- and that their parents gain an understanding too. I promise to do all I can, but I need people to invite us in to speak!
Sadly, my cousins Bill and Michele Mitchell know more about this horrific topic of dating violence than anyone should ever have to know. I am in awe of the courageous work that they do in their beautiful daughter Kristin's memory. If there is any glimmer of hope that can come from such a horrible tragedy it is that their devotion to this important work has probably helped to save countless lives....
Thank you for your note. As long as we are able we will pursue the dating abuse issue with all we have. It is such a loss to have this happen to a child and so we are motivated to do what we can. We appreciate your acknowledgement. -- Bill
I have heard Bill speak at small gatherings and at large ones. He connects with his audience in a raw and human way. Kristin is each of us, and each of our daughters, sisters, cousins, and friends. Bill, I thank you for your commitment to ending relationship violence. You have already touched and helped so many.
You have been a friend to our family and a true banner carrier for this cause as long as we can remember. Thank you for your wonderful note. We have been blessed to have come in contact with great people like you who put so much behind what they say. -- Bill
I have had the privilege to hear Bill speak on two occasions in Domestic Violence Symposiums my wife Barbara and I have participated in. It is with a heavy heart he tells the story of his beautiful daughter, but his message is clear and focused on saving lives of young women from relationship violence. A fine man doing good work.
Thank you, John.
You and Barbara are leaders in this dating violence cause. Your work with Cabrini College is the model for how to bring awareness and education to young women and men. We look forward to doing all we can to face this issue and give it all we have to end it. -- Bill
This message is to thank you for sharing Kristin's story by coming to a corporate event at PECO Energy. For me, the tears started as soon as you showed us your video of your beautiful daughter. The horrific incident really hit home. My daughter just graduated from college in May. After you were finished, I immediately returned to my desk and called my daughter. Your message is so powerful that the dialogue continued for the remainder of the day and for me into the night. Thank you again for sharing at PECO, Berwyn Service Building.
Thank you for "fueling my jets" to do more. I love your response and your drive to call your daughter. I speak with mine all of the time, too. It's just handled differently. I could not be more pleased with your response. Please help me reach more people. We're just getting warned up! -- Bill
As a teacher in a middle school, I sometimes see my students' first real boyfriend/ girlfriend relationships and even though they are 14, these relationships can be very unhealthy. I would love to have Bill come to our district to tell his story. My students have a lot to learn from him and from Kristin's tragedy. Great website, Bill!
Hi Ann Marie,
Please do all you are able to allow me into your school district. Dating abuse is all around and our children are not prepared for it. Help me to help others! -- Bill
You are doing great and important work and Kristin is an angel smiling down from heaven on all of us. Let me know if I can help in NJ in any way!
Thank you! I would love to come to your school system and speak about this. It is so important to get this in front of young people before they get into situations they cannot understand or handle. Awareness is the key!!! -- Bill
Thank you for sharing your pain so that others might learn and avoid the same. I am looking forward to seeing you again in the spring. God Bless you and Michele and as always: Keep on Keeping on.
Thank you for your comment. Your team in St. Mary's County (MD) represents the model for taking on the dating abuse issue with unmatched passion. We salute you for all the good you are enabling there. It is an honor to join you again in 2016, and stand side-by-side in bringing life-saving education about this insidious issue.
Bill is doing such important work. His story emphasizes the dynamics of dating violence and how it can escalate. His presentation is a great compliment to training around gender-based violence. His message is perfect for schools, parents, and the workplace. He shares so much and his passion is evident in all that he does. Bill has taken his pain and shared so much in hopes to eradicate the epidemic of dating violence. I am so grateful for and inspired by his work.
Thank you for this comment. We have known each other for a long time and it is reassuring that you endorse what I am doing. You are a passionate professional in this field, and I count myself fortunate to share the real-life knowledge you have given me. It is an honor to join with you in dialing down this awful violent behavior in our world. -- Bill
This was such a moving presentation; I can't tell you how much your story, and your willingness to share, meant to me. I can't begin to imagine the pain you feel every day, but I hope sharing Kristin's story helps you and your family. I am committed to spreading the word - thanks so much Bill
Thank you for spreading the word about dating abuse. We do what we can to spread awareness, but it is up to others to do the rest. Nothing is more important than saving the lives of people we care about. They are the innocent who get caught up in unhealthy relationships and do not recognize it. We look forward to pushing this issue hard in 2016, and we feel you will be right there beside us doing this. -- Bill
Bill, I am astounded with what you are doing on this site! And, I am equally astounded by your untiring efforts to elevate the awareness and prevention of domestic violence in our society—how you are turning your own personal loss into something meaningful to others so they might not experience what you have. In so many ways, you are a HERO! I wish you much success in your efforts here!
Hi Fletcher, Thank you for all you have said. You are correct in that I never tire about this cause. There is much work to do, and when you know there lives that can be saved by bringing the right message at the right time, there is a reason to be ever-vigilant. Thanks again! -- Bill
I met your beautiful daughter before I met you, as she was in my senior capstone class, I still fondly recall her warm smile and gentle caring for others. My mother always believed that good would come from bad. In this case I did not agree with her until I met you and Michele. In a similar situation I am not certain I could take up this mission on a dally basis for over a decade. Your passion, commitment and vision to Kristin's Krusade and this new venture is inspirational. Most of all you make it real, personal, and a game changing. As you state, "awareness and education" can make a difference.
I encourage any organization that interacts with young men and women to invite Bill to speak. As he says abuse is not just physical and there are resources available to avoid what happened to Kristin. Call him or email him today. The spirit of our youth will be enhanced and lives will be saved.
Thank you for your encouragement. You are a positive influence and wise advisor within the Kristin Mitchell Foundation. You have brought guidance to Kristin and her family for well over a decade.
You understand the power of education in heading off this dating abuse issue, and you know how committed we are. In 2016 we will gather our immense energies and break out to do more than ever for this cause.
Thank you for urging others to join us. Together we are saving lives.
How can you help others that are in a situation they can't get out of and calling the police is NOT an option. Calling the police would put her and her children in jeopardy. What resources do you have and advice
Hi Jenn, I wrote to you directly and I hope you saw that response. My advice is to seek help via 24-hour hotlines like the National Domestic Violence Hotline. 800-799-SAFE. Any escape from an abuser takes very careful planning since getting away is quite dangerous. Please call that number and seek out professional help. Safety is number one. -- Thank you, Bill
Your talk here at PECO was heart wrenching, educational and inspirational. My daughter was in a similar situation for 7 years and was fortunate to get out and begin a new life. If I had known what resources were out there at the time - it would have been easier to get her out. But never giving up the fight ultimately paid off. Thank you so much for your courage and am so very sorry that your beautiful daughter could not get free. No parent should ever outlive a child!
Hi Donna, there are now plenty of resources to help save those we love. Start with a call to a hotline like 800-799-SAFE. It is anonymous and the advice is priceless. The people at PECO are exemplary for bringing in speakers on important topics, and for providing advice to associates. It has been an honor to be asked to join you and your teammates. Like you I am motivated to find ways to save others. -- Thank you, Bill