We collaborated with the following partners, who guided the creative process and whose resources are highlighted in the app: The National Network to End Domestic Violence, Joyful Heart Foundation, Verizon Foundation, Wired Safety, MTV, Futures Without Violence, Seventeen Magazine, Mom Central and the American School Counselors Association.
The creation of a specific website or page intended to intimidate, embarrass or control a partner, or posting of compromising or intimate photos are other examples. It can be difficult for a victim to stop the interactions.
Parents, educators and youth themselves report many benefits from the presence of technology in young people’s lives—connecting with family and friends, sharing experiences with distant peers, learning, being entertained and more. It could include posting on social media sites (photos, rumors, negative comments).
Beyond these lies another troublesome area with less data and little recognition by young people themselves: This might include such things as sending harassing texts (negative, critical, demeaning), or sending high numbers of texts to “check up” on a partner.
Dating violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors -- usually a series of abusive behaviors over a course of time -- used to exert power and control over a dating partner.
Every relationship is different, but the things that unhealthy and abusive relationships have in common are issues of power and control.
Violent words and actions are tools an abusive partner uses to gain and maintain power and control over their partner.
Any young person can experience dating abuse or unhealthy relationship behaviors, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic standing, ethnicity, religion or culture.
It does not discriminate and can happen to anyone in any relationship, whether it’s one that is casual and short-term or serious and monogamous.
Teens and young adults experience the same types of abuse as adults, including: Launched in August 2011, the free Love is Not Abuse i Phone app is an educational resource for parents that demonstrates the dangers of digital dating abuse and provides much needed information on the growing problem of teen dating violence and abuse.
Over the course of the experience, you receive text messages, emails and phone calls in real-time mimicking the controlling, abusive behaviors teens might face in their relationships.
The app also provides information on warning signs of abuse, concrete steps parents can take if they are concerned their child may be a victim and tips for how to talk to your child about the issue.