Our Love is Digital program seeks to meet these needs by connecting digitally with parents, educators and anyone who works with teens.
Love is Digital was launched as part of the LOVE campaign, a Texas-based awareness campaign created in partnership with the Texas Attorney General’s office.
Loveisrespect believes that parents and educators can play a crucial role in guiding teens toward building healthy relationships. Check out our Love is Digital resources today and start learning more about how you can help the teens in your life!
*For educators or group leaders giving out loveisrespect’s contact information to their classes/groups: we’ve found that an effective way to provide this information is by handing out cards with our contact information. If you have the technological capabilities, another option is to demonstrate to your class how to chat or text with us. This prevents a large number of students chatting or texting us at the same time, which can be a strain on our resources. We appreciate your cooperation, and thank you for spreading awareness about loveisrespect!
Info for Teachers
- One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds other types of youth violence.
- One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped, or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.
- Only 33% of teens who were in a violent relationship ever told anyone about the abuse.
- Click here for more statistics on dating abuse.
School Dating Abuse Policy
Learn what your school’s policy is regarding dating abuse. With the passage of TX Education Code 37.0831 (formerly HB121), it is mandated that each school district in Texas adopt and implement a dating violence policy. If your school does not have a policy, involve PTA, teachers, and the school board in adopting one. Also, you can contact the Texas Council on Family Violence to receive technical assistance on how to create a policy. Click here for information on TX Education Code 37.0831 (formerly HB121).
Break the Cycle, a national agency providing comprehensive dating abuse prevention programs, has developed a model policy that can be used as a tool for developing your own school policy. Click here to access the policy.
Not sure if one of your students is in trouble? You might not see dramatic warning signs like black eyes and broken bones, so it can be difficult to know for sure if they are experiencing abuse in their relationship. But if you know the signs to look for, you might be able to recognize an abusive relationship before it becomes dangerous. To start, listen to your instincts- you probably wouldn’t be worried without good reason. Also, look for these red flags:
- Problems with school attendance, particularly if this is a new problem
- Lack of interest in former extracurricular activities
- Sudden request for a change in schedule
- Unexplained changes in behavior, grades, or quality of schoolwork
- Noticeable change in weight, demeanor, or physical appearance
- Isolation from former friends
- Little social contact with anyone but the dating partner
- Unexplained bruises or injuries
- Making excuses or apologizing for the dating partner’s inappropriate behavior
- New disciplinary problems at school, such as bullying other students or acting out
- Name-calling or belittling from a dating partner (Source: Break the Cycle’s Resource Manual for School Employees)
Here are some additional signs that might mean your student is in trouble and needs help.
How to Help Your Student
You can play an important role in helping students recognize abuse and get the help they need. Consider these tips as you try to make a positive change in your students’ lives. (Note: This page is written for parents, but most of the tips will be just as applicable to you as a teacher.)
For more information about addressing teen dating violence in your school and what you can do if you suspect or see that a student is being abused, see Break the Cycle’s Resource Manual for School Employees.
Legal Issues and Protective Orders
The Texas Advocacy Project’s Teen Justice Initiative provides free and confidential legal advice and referrals to victims of teen dating violence in Texas and legal representation to minors seeking protective orders. Their Dating Violence Legal Line can be reached at: 1-800-374-HOPE / 512-476-5770
Click here for for more information about protective orders for teens in Texas.
For ideas on how to get your school involved in raising awareness about dating abuse and healthy relationships, check out our School Toolkit.
We’ve created several presentations that you can use in the classroom to start discussions around healthy/abusive relationships and healthy digital relationships.
Find service providers in your area who are ready and able to help your students with a wide range of support, including counseling and shelters to court accompaniment. Not finding a provider in your area? Chat with or call (1-866-331-9474) one of our advocates who can search our extensive database to find help near you.
Have Additional Questions?
Our trained advocates are here to offer one-on-support, answer questions and help find local resources. Please contact us at 1-866-331-9474, by texting “loveis” to 22522 or through our online chat at loveisrespect.org.
Info for Parents
Each of these pages is a good starting point to learn how you, as a parent, can impact your child’s relationship in a positive way. If you need more individualized help, or if you have additional questions, please feel free to contact one of our trained dating abuse advocates. They’re available 24/7 by phone or chat.
Knowing that your son or daughter is in an unhealthy relationship can be both frustrating and frightening. But as a parent, you can be instrumental in helping your child develop healthy relationships and can provide life-saving support.
As a parent, your instinct is to often to react quickly, but sometimes what feels like the right plan of action could stop the conversation before it begins. Here are some tips to keep in mind when trying to help a child who is experiencing abuse.
A safety plan is a personalized, practical plan that can help your child avoid dangerous situations and know the best way to react when they’re in danger. Even if your child isn’t ready to end their abusive relationship yet, there are steps you can both take to increase safety and be prepared. Need a plan now? Check out our comprehensive, interactive guide.
If your child is experiencing dating abuse, the Texas Advocacy Project is a great resource for exploring local legal options. For example, they offer: (1) free and confidential legal advice to victims of teen dating violence, (2) legal representation to minors seeking protective orders, and (3) information about your teen’s rights at school as a victim/survivor.
Feel like you have a handle on what dating abuse is like? It’s often more complicated than you may expect, and the facts just might surprise you. We want you to have the full story.
Often when you’re in a relationship, it can be tough to step back and view it from an outside perspective. This assessment can help to offer that perspective, and to see if they’re safe — or at risk — with their current or ex-partner.
Need more support? We always encourage parents to contact one of our trained peer advocates, via phone 1-866-331-9474 or through our online chat.
Love is Digital Resources
Our RespecText newsletter contains links to key articles, news, tips from loveisrespect advocates and helpful resources.
Check out our archive of RespectText newsletters at the bottom of this page.
Use the materials below to help you start important conversations with teens.