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Texas Teens Learn About Healthy Relationships

On Friday, Dec. 5, members of the loveisrespect team attended a Healthy Relationships Rally at Creekview High School in Carrollton, TX. The focus of the rally was on healthy dating and learning the signs of digital abuse. We were joined by our friends from Mary Kay and Verizon, as well as Texas Senator Jane Nelson, all of whom spoke on the importance of respect, both online and off, in healthy relationships.

Below are a few pictures from the event. We want to thank Principal Joe LaPuma and the wonderful staff and students of Creekview for welcoming us into their school!

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Get Involved for DVAM!

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)!

You’ve probably been hearing a lot about domestic violence in the news lately. Maybe people are talking about it at school or work, or maybe you’ve overheard your parents talking about it. At loveisrespect, we think it’s important that people have conversations about domestic violence and dating abuse. When we talk about it, more people become aware and educated, more resources become available, and more people can find they help they need.

What can you do when you hear conversations about domestic violence and dating abuse? For starters, you can help educate people about the basics:

Domestic violence and dating abuse happen everywhere, in every community. One in four women and one in seven men age 18 and over and one in ten high school students have been the victims of physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetimes. Domestic violence affects more than 12 million people in the United States every year.

Domestic violence and dating abuse include physical, verbal, emotional, sexual, digital, and/or financial abuse. Know the warning signs!

Domestic violence and dating abuse don’t discriminate. They can affect people of any gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, or economic background.

Domestic violence and dating abuse are not the victim’s fault. The choice to be abusive lies with the abusive partner.

Domestic violence and dating abuse are complex issues. There is no one size fits all solution, and there are many reasons a person might stay in an abusive relationship. What victims need most are support and resources to help them find their own paths to safety.

And last but not least: there is no excuse for abuse!

Want to do more? There are other ways you can get involved during DVAM:

You have the power to help end domestic violence and dating abuse. Join with us this October and help raise awareness in your community!

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Join the #VoicesHavePower Campaign

At loveisrespect, we work to inspire and support young people to build healthy relationships. Dating violence affects millions of people every year, but people are still afraid to talk about it.

You can start the conversation and bring to hope to survivors by participating in the #VoicesHavePower campaign from Verizon HopeLine now through August 8th.

Help us send over 100,000 messages of hope, love and support to survivors of domestic violence and dating abuse. For every message that contains the hashtag #VoicesHavePower, is submitted through the website or is texted to #94079, Verizon will donate $3 towards preventing domestic violence.

Survivors need to hear from you. Let them know they’re not alone. Get on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to send your message of hope. Remember to use #VoicesHavePower in your message when you reach out.

Not sure what to say to survivors? Here are some examples of actual messages sent to survivors:

  • I want you to know that I care about your sufferings, and I understand your pain. And I know you will survive this. #voiceshavepower
  • You deserve someone who loves you the right way, someone who respects you and trusts you. #voiceshavepower
  • Because there is always someone out there to listen. #VoicesHavePower

Everyone deserves a healthy relationship. #VoicesHavePower.

That’s our message for survivors of domestic violence, dating abuse, sexual assault and stalking. What will yours be? Time is running out — send your message of hope now!

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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!

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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.

Verizon Supports Launch of loveisrespect.org, the Ultimate Resource to Help Protect Teens and Young Adults From Dating Abuse

Now Available, Text “LOVEIS” to 22522 to Immediate Assistance

Austin, TX, Feb. 29, 2012 — loveisrespect.org received a 250,000 grant from HopeLine from Verizon and the Verizon Foundation to launch the most comprehensive resource available helping young people build healthy relationships. The donation is one of the first from the private sector supporting loveisrespect.org, a unique partnership between Break the Cycle, a leading national nonprofit working to end teen dating violence and abuse, and the National Dating Abuse Helpline.

With support from Verizon, a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers, loveisrespect.org is leveraging the power of technology to help end dating abuse among teens and young adults, ages 13-24. Loveisrespect.org combines 24-hour online chat, phone and text service with the most comprehensive resource to engage, educate and empower teens and young adults online and off.

“Verizon has been a leading corporate supporter of domestic violence prevention for more than a decade. Through this grant, we can effectively use technology to reach more teens and young adults, and also ensure they can quickly and easily reach us in a time of crisis,” said Dyanne Purcell , CEO, National Dating Abuse Helpline.

The critical importance of addressing dating abuse early and via technology has caught the attention of many. Vice President Joe Biden sent the inaugural text message, announcing that anyone can get immediate help by texting LOVEIS to 77054.

Lupita Reyes , Verizon Foundation director, said: “Verizon is continually looking for innovative ways to use our technology and our network to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges. We are proud and committed to broadening access to immediate help and educational resources through loveisrespect.org. And we are grateful for the tremendous leadership in the field – from Vice President Biden to the veteran advocates at Break the Cycle and the National Dating Abuse Helpline – who have rallied around this approach.”

Verizon’s grant funds an independent, third-party evaluation of the impact of loveisrespect.org. This research will help improve the ongoing crisis services and grow the extensive library of resources and tools at loveisrespect.org.

“Research shows that one in three teens experience dating abuse, so it is especially exciting to bring this service to all those affected by this epidemic. Through loveisrespect.org, we can offer an alternative to violence and abuse,” said Marjorie Gilberg, executive director of Break the Cycle.

Through HopeLine, Verizon accepts no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories from any provider and turns them into support for domestic violence victims and survivor. Teens who want to hold their own cell phone collection drive can learn more at www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.

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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!

 

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Thanks From loveisrespect.org

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 loveisrespect.org. 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?