• About loveisrespect

Our Mission

Loveisrespect’s mission is to engage, educate and empower young people to prevent and end abusive relationships.

Our Services

Highly-trained peer advocates offer support, information and advocacy to young people who have questions or concerns about their dating relationships. We also provide information and support to concerned friends and family members, teachers, counselors, service providers and members of law enforcement. Free and confidential phone, live chat and texting services are available 24/7/365.

Chat at www.loveisrespect.org
Text loveis to 22522*
Call 1-866-331-9474

Loveisrespect mobilizes parents, educators, peers and survivors to proactively raise awareness on healthy dating behaviors and how to identify unhealthy and abusive patterns. Through trainings, toolkits, and curriculum, we are growing community educators and advocates to promote healthy relationships and prevent future patterns of abuse.

Loveisrespect.org strives to be a safe, inclusive space for young people to access information and get help in an environment that is designed specifically for them. Our website provides comprehensive education on healthy, unhealthy and abusive dating relationships and behaviors.
*Msg&Data Rates apply on text for help services. Click here for our privacy policy and T&Cs. Text STOP to 22522 to unsubscribe. Text HELP to 22522 for support. Loveisrespect Text for Help Services sponsored by Mary Kay Inc.

Our History

Loveisrespect (originally loveisrespect, National Dating Abuse Helpline) was launched in February 2007 as a project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline with a supporting grant from Liz Claiborne, Inc. It was the first 24-hour resource for teens who were experiencing dating violence and abuse and is the only teen helpline serving all of the United States and its territories.

In 2011, loveisrespect grew even stronger as The Hotline entered into a strategic partnership with Break the Cycle, another national leader in preventing dating abuse. That same year with support from Mary Kay Inc., loveisrespect launched 24-hour text services as an addition to our phone and live chat services. Vice President Joe Biden, who has spent decades working to end violence against women, premiered the text service and sent the very first text message to a loveisrespect advocate.

We are proud to call loveisrespect the ultimate resource to engage, educate and empower youth to prevent and end abusive relationships!

Our Team

Break the Cycle
Break the Cycle is the leading voice dedicated to the prevention of dating abuse. Learn more about their services and resources available nationwide.

National Domestic Violence Hotline
The National Domestic Violence Hotline is the only 24/7 national hotline that provides direct services to anyone affected by domestic violence. Learn more about their work and the advocates who assist victims and survivors, as well as their friends and families.

National Youth Advisory Board
The National Youth Advisory Board (NYAB) is a group of hardworking and dedicated middle school, high school and college students, as well as young people not in school. They work together to represent youth of all ages, backgrounds and communities. Working both online and off, NYAB members write blogs for the site, host awareness-raising events across the country, meet monthly and generally take steps toward youth empowerment, awareness and success! The NYAB is possible thanks to the generous contribution of mark, A Division of Avon Products.