GoodTherapy.org Supports LoveIsRespect.org as a GoodCause

Love is Respect logoIn 2012, President Obama declared February Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month. In honor of this, GoodTherapy.org is excited to be featuring LoveIsRespect.org, an organization whose mission is to prevent and end abusive relationships, as our GoodCause for February.

A collaboration of Break the Cycle and the National Dating Abuse Helpline, LoveIsRespect.org is devoted to providing resources and information to inspire “healthy dating attitudes and relationships,” as well as to offer a safe place for young people to reach out for help if they need it.

“How human beings treat each other is the fundamental variable in the long-term sustainability of our planet. Empathy, conscientiousness, nonviolent communication, navigating conflict in healthy ways, staying centered in the midst of disturbance—these are the essential skills needed for everything from managing romantic relationships to negotiating peace treaties,” says Noah Rubinstein, LMFT and founder and CEO of GoodTherapy.org.

“But these skills are, for the most part, either learned or overlooked in childhood. We have an opportunity as members of the human race to do whatever we can to model, teach, and support healthy relationships. This is why GoodTherapy.org stands with LoveIsRespect.org.”

Getting the dialogue going on the subject of teen dating violence is the primary emphasis of the site, which offers 24/7 help via online chat, phone, and text message, as well as a blog that encourages young people and those who have witnessed or been affected by relationship violence to “start talking” about their experiences.

Teens can evaluate their own relationships on the site by taking online quizzes titled “Am I a Good Boyfriend/Girlfriend?” and “Healthy Relationships.” They can also educate themselves on topics such as “Do Abusers Change?” and “How Would You Help?”

As President Obama said in his 2012 proclamation regarding teen dating violence, “The consequences of dating violence—spanning impaired development to physical harm—pose a threat to the health and well-being of teens across our nation, and it is essential we come together to break the cycle of violence that burdens too many of our sons and daughters.”

The video below offers some insight into the overall LoveIsRespect.org mission and vision. Follow the link to make a donation to support their efforts via GoodCause.

Reference:
Obama, B. (2012, January 31). Presidential proclamation—National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, 2012. The White House, Office of the Press Secretary. Retrieved from http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/01/31/presidential-proclamation-national-teen-dating-violence-awareness-and-pr

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  • jan

    jan

    February 7th, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    While I think that this is such a worthy cause I also have to think that there is a lot more that we could be doing as parents to end this epidemic of teen violence against one another. It seems to me that teenagers see a lot of violence everywhere they go and they also live it in their own homes. It is very easy to see how they could get all kind of confused and start thinking that this is the way that people who are in love with one another show each other that love. They are young, they are confused and we are not necessarily offering them a world of great role models anymore.

  • Debra

    Debra

    February 8th, 2014 at 6:28 AM

    are schools promoting this site? otherwise how are teenagers supposed to know that help exists out there for them?

  • Carolyn

    Carolyn

    February 10th, 2014 at 3:57 AM

    The role models that these kids need are right there in the home, seeing a loving and caring relationship between their mother and father. Sadly, many of the kids who get into these abusive reationships are children who never have the chance to see this love and kindness at home so they are left without any kind of idea about what a healthy relationship with someone else actually looks like. Resolving these things begins at home, in the home, and I think that we can easily see that society as a whole needs a whole lot of help for this to really take hold and spread. The site is a great start, but it isn’t then end, we should see it as a great beginning.

  • sandra C

    sandra C

    February 12th, 2014 at 6:03 AM

    This might be a good answer, well, at least a start in the right direction because i know that a lot of teens would be very hesitant to ask for help face to face because they are embarassed that this is happening to them. But they may be more willing to seek out help this way, because it maintains their anonymity but still allows them to ask questions and get information, and hopefully help if they need it.

  • Whitt

    Whitt

    February 22nd, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    you lose such a sense of self when someone is constantly telling you that you are no good and then they are hitting you and inflicting physical blows
    having a soft place to go when everything else is so hard, that can be a wonderful feeling for someone in this kind of relationship to go to to depend on for help

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