Start Talking

Are you looking for a new, engaging way to educate young people about dating abuse? Do your students desire a more interactive experience that helps them define healthy relationships in their own terms? Are you ready to become an “Ultimate Advocate” for loveisrespect? Are you a concerned parent or healthcare professional looking for resources to provide?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, and you live in Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma or Texas – the Start Talking campaign is here for YOU.

Launched in 2012, the “Start Talking” campaign is a four-state initiative to prevent and end dating abuse. Through it, teens, parents, teachers and health care workers are receiving tools and resources they need to promote healthy relationships!

Inside these campaign web pages (see the rest in the menu to your right), you’ll find information on:

And don't forgot to explore the rest of loveisrespect for more information on preventing dating abuse and building healthy relationships.

Loveisrespect and Blue Cross Blue Shield believe every young person deserves a healthy relationship. Join us as we START TALKING about dating abuse and help make safer homes, safer schools and safer communities.

Blogs About Start Talking

Start Talking Oklahoma

Start Talking OklahomaWe got New Mexico to start talking -- and now we got Oklahoma to start, too!

Last week, the loveisrespect team went out to Oklahoma to host a series of Start Talking training events for over 40 native service providers, a particularly important and underserved group, thanks in part to Native Alliance Against Violence. We also talked to educators and government workers across the state thanks to the Oklahoma State Department with the Oklahoma Coalition on Domestic Violence.

“I can’t wait to implement the program. We will be recruiting peer leaders very soon!” said one participant.

Start Talking in New Mexico

We got the Southwest to Start Talking!

Last week, our loveisrespect team headed out to New Mexico to host a series of Start Talking events for young people and adults.

Between community resource fairs, adult conference workshops and Start Talking trainings for both young people and adults, all the events helped promote the Start Talking curriculum and how it helps students, parents, educators and beyond.

With five events in four days, we did so much that we can only share the highlights:

Register for our About Start Talking Webinar!

Young people need to lead the cultural change necessary to end dating abuse. Help get these conversation started!

Break the Cycle has 1,000 copies of our new Loveisrespect Start Talking toolkit to help you get young people talking about healthy relationships and encourage them to take an active role in improving their community.

The curriculum focuses on relationship skill development, media influence on teens' perceptions, the experiences of survivors of abuse and peer-led awareness activities. Our curriculum meets National Health Education Standards plus individual health and life skill standards for Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Start Talking PSAs: We Started Talking About the Warning Signs

During our Start Talking Institutes, peer leaders from across Illinois, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas created their own PSAs to raise awareness on dating abuse and promote healthy relationships. In this series of PSAs, tweens, teens and 20-somethings discuss what's important to them -- that dating abuse affects an estimated 1.5 million teens per year, what the beginning stages of abuse look like, how sending a picture on your phone can have huge consequences, what digital abuse even is (using technology like texting and social networking to bully, stalk and harass your partner). Check them out:

Check Out Our Searchable Service Directory

Merry Christmas! Do we have a present for you -- the all-new Searchable Service Provider Directory! Loveisrespect created it as part of our Start Talking Campaign. If you live in Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma or Texas, find service providers in your area who are ready and able to help with a wide range of support, including counseling and shelters to court accompaniment. Somewhere else? Call, text or chat us to find local services near you.

Start Talking Institutes

Spreading the Word About Healthy Relationships

We were so excited to share our new, media and health-relationship focused curriculum at the all-expenses paid Start Talking Institutes. They took place in Chicago on November 2-3, 2013 and Dallas on November 16-17, 2013. Thanks to Health Care Service Corporation and its Blue Shield and Blue Cross Plans of Illinois, Oklahoma, New Mexixo and Texas and all of our wonderful attendees for committing themselves to making a difference!

Don't worry if you didn't attend. You can still participate in our Start Talking campaign. We're giving away free copies of our curriculum to schools and service providers in Illinois, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas. Register here!

Go Behind the Scenes of LIR

This Thanksgiving, go behind-the-scenes with our loveisrespect trained peer advocates and learn how our 24-hours, seven days a week helpline, text and chat service assists anyone in need of dating abuse help. Call 1-866-331-9474 or text "loveis" to 22522 to speak with one of our advocates at any time.

New Video Quiz

Can you identify what's really going on in a relationship? Do you know how to identify unhealthy relationship behaviors when you see them? What would you do if your friend was experiencing abuse? Test your knowledge by taking the What's Really Going On? quiz. 

Special thanks to our amazing partners at Be Smart. Be Well. who made this great feature.

Healthy Relationships Quiz help directory Safety Planning Tool Whats Really Going On Quiz How Would You Help? Quiz Relationship Spectrum