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

Verizon Supports Launch of www.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 — www.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 www.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, www.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 www.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 www.loveisrespect.org. This research will help improve the ongoing crisis services and grow the extensive library of resources and tools at www.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 www.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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