Meet love is respect 2.0 & our new presenting sponsor

Things at love is respect look a little different today. You might’ve noticed our fresh new logo, our brand-new website, or maybe the logo of our new presenting sponsor at the bottom of our website.

Welcome to love is respect 2.0!

A bit about our history – love is respect was created by the National Domestic Violence Hotline in 2007 as a response to a national discourse about the need for prevention services, especially among teens. Since then, love is respect has been a safe, inclusive space where teens and young adults can access information and get support in an environment designed specifically for them.

Over the course of the last year, it became clear through research and analysis of the program’s past 12 years that it was a time for makeover. A lot has changed since 2007! If we wanted to further our work of preventing dating abuse and spreading the message of what makes relationships healthy, we had to refocus and innovate to best meet the needs of those we serve.

So here’s what we did:

  • love is respect has a refreshed name – we’re no longer loveisrespect. We also have a refreshed logo to reflect this change. We’re still committed to making sure that everyone knows that love truly is respect, and now our name makes it even more clear.
  • We have a refreshed look, too. We’ve updated our colors to be brighter and changed our images and language so that everyone feels safe and welcomed.
  • We’re now focused on directly supporting people ages 13 – 26. Creating tools, resources and 24/7 services via phone, chat, and text to learn about healthy relationships and prevent dating abuse.
    • We’re still here to support parents, educators, and anyone else who cares about a young person in their life. We’re partnering with our parent organization, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, to make sure that those who are currently experiencing abuse have the essential tools and resources (like safety planning materials) to be safer.
    • It’s also key that we center underrepresented populations here, whether that’s people who are LGBTQ+, Deaf or hard of hearing, or gender nonconforming. We want people to see themselves when they engage with us!

Which brings us to one of our most exciting announcements — our new presenting sponsor, Bumble! You may know Bumble as the dating app pioneer that changed the narrative around women making the first move in their relationships.

Bumble is launching an in-app card to provide information about love is respect to users who want to know more about what a healthy relationship is. The ideas and beliefs that enable abuse can be changed, and the earlier we intervene with education and support, the earlier we can prevent abuse.

We’re also partnering with Bumble’s Honey Ambassadors to co-create education on relationships that are positive, healthy, and free from violence on more than 70 college campuses cross the U.S.

We’re thrilled about all of the big changes here at love is respect, and we can’t wait to move towards a world where all relationships are equitable, healthy, and safe in partnership with Bumble and all of you. We have a lot of exciting things coming up, so stay tuned for more on love is respect 2.0!

*note – you must be 18+ to use Bumble*