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.
These acts may include physical, sexual, verbal, mental or emotional abuse. It doesn't matter what your gender is, what your sexual orientation is, how old you are, how much money you have, how athletic or popular you are, or who your family is.
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.
In addition, the app was developed by Charles Kliment, Founder and Principal Designer, KAJA Circle and Eric Mansfield and Chris Mollis, Co-Founders and Principal Software Engineers, Apps On The Side.
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.Dating Abuse is defined as a pattern of coercive behavior in which one person attempts to control another through threats or actual use of physical violence, sexual assault, and verbal or psychological abuse.These acts may include physical, sexual, verbal, mental, or emotional abuse.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.