Regarding the recent Senate renewal of the Violence Against Women Act ("Showdowns loom on Capitol Hill," April 26), it's important to remember the tragic life and death of Yeardley Love, who was left battered, bruised and bleeding alone in her room by an abusive ex-boyfriend.

I went to the same high school as Yeardley. Notre Dame Preparatory School. We wore the same uniform, walked the same halls, wore the same ring and experienced everything else NDP had to offer. Although I didn't know her personally, I still feel connected to her. What happened to her could easily have happened to me or any other NDP girl.

The Violence Against Women Act is intended to prevent domestic violence and sexual abuse of women. It will pay for programs to help those who have been abused, including legal assistance for victims, enforcement of protection orders, transitional housing and youth prevention programs. I deserves the support of everyone who cares about protecting the people they love.

Robyn Dalina, Baltimore