On Thursday, the parents of Gabby Petito went to Washington, D.C., to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the creation of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. The event took place in the midst of what activists are calling a “national health crisis” that affects nearly one in four American women and one in seven American men.
After the murder of Gabby Petito in August 2021 at the hands of her ex-fiancé Brian Laundrie, her parents created the Gabby Petito Foundation and became activists dedicated to raising awareness for victims of violence at the hands of loved ones as well as for missing individuals.
On Thursday, Petito’s biological parents and stepparents were in attendance at the event Hope Is On The Line, which took place in the nation’s capital. This gathering brought together almost two hundred survivors, activists, and lawmakers to celebrate the work of the hotline.