National Youth Advisory Board Retreat 2014

Our amazing National Youth Advisory Board (NYAB) got together last week for our annual retreat in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina!

The incredible NYAB members came in from all over the country to learn how to teach everyone back home about healthy relationships.

“It’s really really inspiring to see people doing what I’m doing because that means there’s more people out there,” said Chandler Lewis, one of our new NYAB members.

Here are just some of the highlights from the retreat. In just a few days, we:

  • Learned how to conduct a single-session workshop, host an outreach event and take action online
  • Sent 45 messages of hope in five minutes to dating abuse survivors as part of the #VoicesHavePower campaign going on right now. Every time you send out a social media message of support with #VoicesHavePower, Verizon will donate $3 to help end dating abuse!
  • Bonded over team building activities like rock climbing and capture the flag
  • Created healthy-relationship themed PSAs and performed skits about the true meaning of love at the campfire

“I’m normally not very outgoing but I feel like I’ve known the rest of the board forever,” said Jimmy James, another new NYAB member. “I think it’s because we are all passionate and working towards the same cause.”

We had a great time! Join in the action by checking out the winning PSA from the retreat below:

Special thanks to the Avon Foundation for sponsoring the NYAB and making this amazing week happen!


Join the National Youth Advisory Board

Do you want to make an impact on your community? Want to help teens and other young people learn about healthy relationships? Are you a teen or young adult between the ages of 13 and 22 who wants to make a difference?

Our National Youth Advisory Board (NYAB) is recruiting new members!

Thanks to mark., a division of Avon, the NYAB is comprised of 25 hardworking and committed individuals in middle school, high school and college, plus young people who aren’t in school representing young people of all backgrounds and communities.

All throughout the year, the NYAB works to raise awareness of dating violence and how teens and young adults can build their lives free of abuse. We’re looking for energetic, passionate and respectful members who are dedicated to the issue of dating abuse on a personal or social level. We’re also looking for people who are involved in their community, social media savvy, able to finish tasks and meet deadlines, and are comfortable with public speaking.

You’ll be making decisions and planning content for loveisrespect, as well as developing partnerships and engaging others to start talking about healthy relationships. For example, you’ll write blogs, host events across the country and take steps towards empowering youth. You’ll also be a part of Respect Week during teenDVmonth.

Like the NYAB but can’t join yourself? Share this with family and friends that meet the requirements!

Applications are due by February 28 — don’t wait until it’s too late! Apply to be the newest member of the NYAB now!


Thanks from loveisrespect

A very happy Thanksgiving from us at loveisrespect. Here are a few of the things we are thankful for this year:

  • We are thankful for unifying campaigns, like NO MORE, that allow us to work with our comrades against domestic violence and sexual assault under a common theme. We joined the NO MORE campaign during Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) to stand up against dating abuse. Campaigns like this bring everyone who is working to end domestic violence together and inspire collaboration.
  • We are thankful for artists, like Jasmine V, who are bold and speak on behalf of victims. Jasmine has been brave enough to use her platform as a recording artist to speak out against dating abuse. She released a song about dating abuse inspired by a past relationship, participated in interviews educating her peers about unhealthy relationships and even wrote a blog post for our NO MORE campaign during DVAM. Artists who use their popularity to raise awareness of domestic violence can make a huge difference in the lives of their fans by educating them and leading them to resources.
  • We are thankful for friends like Mary Kay who know that beauty and healing come from the inside out. Mary Kay has been a supporter of our efforts to end dating abuse for a very long time. This year, they took that support one step further by becoming the primary sponsor of our text service. Mary Kay’s involvement has helped us change lives and we are so appreciative of the chance they’ve given us.
  • We are also so thankful for our friends at HCSC, Verizon, AVON Foundation for Women and Fifth and Pacific. Their support means the world to us and empowers our work. Corporations that realize the importance of education and healing help lead the way to ending dating abuse.
  • We are thankful for our staff and peer advocates who work so hard to make sure that we are able to help callers/texters/chatters. Without their dedication we would be unable to provide all of these services.
  • We are thankful for friends and family members who have supported a loved one who was struggling. Whether you gave them information about healthy relationships, shared our contact information or just let them know that you love and support them, you made a difference in the life of your loved one.
  • We are thankful for all of our texters/callers/chatters for having the courage to reach out for support when you feel that something isn’t right in your relationship. Thank you for giving us the chance to talk to you.
  • We are thankful for you. Thank you for visiting this site to get information. By learning about healthy relationships and dating practices you have the opportunity to make a difference in your life or in someone else’s.

Happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you. We would love it if you shared something that you’re thankful for with us in the comment field below.

And just a reminder, we’ll be here during the holiday. So please give us a call at 1-866-331-9474 or TTY 1-866-331-8453, text “loveis” to 22522 or send us a chat if you need to talk.


Join Ashley Greene and Support VAWA

Ashley Greene is asking each of you to join her in supporting Congress’ reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

Today, Ashley was featured in Glamour supporting domestic violence and dating abuse organizations. The article even featured a picture of her with our Youth Advisory Board members!

As a brand ambassador for Avon’s mark brand’s m.powerment campaign, Ashley has spoken out against dating abuse all across the nation. To those working to end violence, VAWA is key. Since it was signed into effect in 1994, domestic violence related deaths in women have decreased by 34 percent and by 57 percent for men. Also, the number of people who report domestic violence incidents has increased by 51 percent.

“I was just seven years old when the first Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) passed. So growing up, I only knew a government that took domestic violence and sexual assault seriously,” said Ashley in the article published in Glamour magazine.

It is very important that the version of VAWA that gets approved supports young adults. Young people have the highest rate of intimate partner violence, but they weren’t protected under VAWA until its reauthorization in 2000. In 2005, VAWA was reauthorized again, this time including four specific programs to address dating abuse. We need this protection for our callers, chatters and texters.

Right now VAWA is up for reauthorization again, but things are at a stand-still. The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have both passed versions of VAWA, but they are very different.

We are asking you to join us and Ashley Green in support of the bi-partisan Senate bill to reauthorize VAWA.

Today, November 14, 2012, is the VAWA National Day of Action. Here are a few ways that you can join us and Ashley in this movement:

  • Find out who represents you in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate by visiting or
  • Call your representatives and ask them to support VAWA
  • Tweet at your representative using the hash tag #PassVAWA2012
  • Post a Facebook status about VAWA and why you support its reauthorization
  • Take a picture of you and your friends holding a sign that says why you support VAWA and submit it to the #PassVAWA2012 Facebook page

Thank you for your help in this. We would love to hear about how you are encouraging your representatives to support VAWA, so don’t forget to share your efforts with us.

m.powerment by mark. Reaches $1 Million in Funds Raised

mark. Brand Ambassador Ashley Greene Supports National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

New York, March 7, 2012 — As National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month comes to a close, m.powerment by mark. in partnership with the Avon Foundation for Women, announces a total of $1 million in funds raised since its inception in 2008. m.powerment by mark. is dedicated to breaking the cycle of dating abuse and partner violence and provides grants to agencies across the country that bring awareness to the cause.

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m.powerment by mark. raises funds through products including the Have a Heart Necklace, Linked to My Heart Bracelet, and Power of Change Necklace. 100 percent of net proceeds are donated to the campaign to help raise awareness and funds in support of the cause.

m.powerment by mark. recently provided a $100,000 grant to, a unique partnership between Break the Cycle and the National Dating Abuse Helpline that helps teens and young adults ages 13-24 navigate the spectrum of healthy relationship behaviors. The grant helped create the first-ever National Youth Advisory Board, a group of 24 dedicated members who provide critical support to and help spread the word about the cause.

On February 1st mark. Brand Ambassador Ashley Greene attended the “Louder Than Words” event in Los Angeles to kick off National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Ashley met with key members of the National Youth Advisory Board to gain a better understanding of the issues teens face in relationships and spoke with attendees about m.powerment by mark.’s commitment to the cause.


“mark. is a brand that is truly about beauty on the inside and the outside – and there is nothing more beautiful than a world free of violence,” said Ashley Greene, mark. Brand Ambassador. “I can speak out for those who can’t speak for themselves, and for those who are scared to come forward.”

“We are thrilled to announce our $1 million milestone and will continue to commit our philanthropic efforts to breaking the cycle of dating abuse and partner violence,” said Vanessa Reggiardo, Global President of mark. “Donating this $100,000 grant to help create a National Youth Advisory Board is crucial to spreading the message about an important cause that affects 1 in 4 women worldwide.”

“The Avon Foundation and m.powerment by mark. aligns perfectly with our mission to end dating abuse” said Dyanne Purcell, CEO, National Dating Abuse Helpline.

“We know when teens have questions about their relationships, they first turn to their friends for advice,” said Marjorie Gilberg, Executive Director of Break the Cycle. “That’s why funding the National Youth Advisory Board is so important – we’re creating a new generation of leaders who do not tolerate abuse and actively foster healthy relationships among their peers across the country.”


Louder Than Words

On Wednesday, we had our official launch event, Louder Than Words, to officially announce the partnership between the National Dating Abuse Helpline and Break the Cycle. Check out the snapshot of the event. A major thanks to all of the people who made this event possible. Special thanks to Ashley Greene and all of our presenters/performers, as well as all of our sponsors: m.powerment by Mark., Blue Cross Blue Shield, Love Is Not Abuse, Verizon and Hopeline From Verizon.

More event coverage coming soon!



Thanks From

Thank YouWe can’t believe how fast this year has gone by. We’re so thankful for the positive response to our new website and the increased communication with our readers on calls, chats and now texts. In the spirit of the Thanksgiving, we wanted to stop for a moment and share what we’re grateful for this year.

  • Our callers/chatters
    Asking for help is never an easy thing to do. We want to recognize anyone who has come forward when something didn’t feel right in their relationship. Acknowledging that what you’re experiencing doesn’t feel healthy is the first step to realizing what you deserve in a relationship and what steps need to be taken to get you there.
  • The friends & strangers who did something
    We also want to extend a huge thanks to anyone who saw something and said something. Whether you stood up for a friend or a stranger, you made a big impact by calling out abuse as wrong. Just by speaking out, you gave someone validation that they deserve to be treated with respect. Thanks for having the courage to be heard.
  • Supportive parents, friends, teachers, coaches and other mentors
    Maybe you were the first person someone told about their abusive relationship. Maybe you showed concern and offered an open, judgment-free ear. Maybe you taught about healthy relationships and mutual respect. Maybe you created a safety plan and documented any signs of abuse you noticed over a period of time. Maybe you helped someone leave their abusive relationship and supported them as they moved forward. Thank you from all of us at Abuse often cultivates isolation and loneliness. No one should have to go through this scary time alone. Thank you for being there.
  • Anyone who volunteered in some way to raise awareness about dating abuse
    Your contribution to the movement did not go unnoticed. By using your voice to promote healthy relationships and prevent dating violence, you are making the movement bigger and stronger. Anyone of any age and gender can take a stand against dating abuse. Thanks for everything you do to help us—we couldn’t do it without you.
  • Our new partner, Break the Cycle
    This partnership has strengthened our ability to reach the greatest number of people and educate them about how to have healthy and safe relationships. We are so excited about the future of our relationship!
  • Our loyal sponsors: U.S. Department of Justice: Office on Violence Against Women, Verizon, Liz Claiborne Inc., Healthy Care Service Corporation and mark, A Division of Avon Products.
    Thank you for everything you do that allows us to continue raising awareness and preventing dating abuse.

What are you most thankful for this year?


MarCom Award

awardSheryl Cates, CEO of loveisrespect, National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline is shown presenting Claudia Poccia, President of mark, and Carol Kurzig, Director of the Avon Foundation for Women, the Gold MarCom Award won for the LOVE Mashup. We won in the Web Multi-Media Games, Contests, Presentations category and competed against entries from all our the world. It is really great to be recognized for an application that spreads positive messages for teens. The LOVE Mashup was funded by the Avon Foundation for Women through m.powerment by mark, a campaign dedicated to empowering young women. Click here to check out a release with more info. Visit the MarCom Awards site to see a full list of winners.


LOVE Mashup wins a gold MarCom Award

We are so excited to announce that our LOVE Mashup has won a Gold MarCom Award! We won in the Web Multi-Media Games, Contests, Presentations category and competed against entries from all our the world. It is really great to be recognized for an application that spreads positive messages for teens. The LOVE Mashup was funded by the Avon Foundation for Women through m.powerment by mark, a campaign dedicated to empowering young women. Click here to check out a release with more info. Visit the MarCom Awards site to see a full list of winners.



Have a Heart

m-powerment2Lauren Conrad from the super popular MTV reality show The Hills has teamed up with mark to launch the m.powerment by mark campaign to end the cycle of dating abuse. Part of the proceeds from this campaign will benefit loveisrespect. Click here to check out the site and watch the PSA. The page will be continuously updated in the next few months anytime something new comes up so be sure to check in every once in a while. You can also support the cause by buying a heart necklace from the website. All proceeds from sales go directly to the cause.