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!


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!