In 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.
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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