A Father's Plea: Putting A Stop To Dating Violence

February 21, 2012 Updated Feb 21, 2012 at 5:09 PM EDT

February 21, 2012 Updated Feb 21, 2012 at 5:09 PM EDT

It's the dark side of romance, and it can have dangerous if not deadly consequences. Dating violence is something a lot of people don't want to talk about, but an Illinois father is making it his mission to spread the word, and it's all in the name of his daughter, a victim herself.
18-year old Lisa Santoro had everything going for her. The bright and active student had just graduated high school and was planning to go to college for journalism, but Tom Santoro would never see the woman Lisa could have become. She was murdered by her ex-boyfriend.
Soon after Lisa broke up with Timothy Bucholz, he lured her to his home and beat her to death with a baseball bat.
That was 17-years ago. Santoro's therapy ever since has been to prevent another tragedy. He quit his job as a suburban Chicago fire chief and now helps young people all over the country spot dating violence. He spoke at Canisius College last week.
His mission is to teach people the warning signs of an unhealthy relationship. For more information on Tom Santoro's Dating Violence Prevention Program or if you have a question about dating violence, head to his website, www.dearlisa.org by clicking on News Links.

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