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Phone App Wakes Parents Up to Teen Dating Abuse

Source: Womens eNews - Mon, 12 Sep 2011 11:45 PM
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Various Developers The app was developed with leading experts, researchers, parents affected by dating abuse and partner organizations, including LoveIsRepect.org, the New York-based Joyful Heart Foundation and Break the Cycle and the National Network to End Domestic Violence, both based in Washington, D.C., among others. When we recently launched the app, Denise DeZao, a mother of a teen dating abuse survivor, shared her experiences with teen dating abuse and explained why she believes the app is critical to educating parents about abuse. "At the time, I did not recognize that my daughter was involved in an abusive relationship," she said. "I now realize that the red flags were rapidly waving in front of me. When I experienced the app for the first time, I had the oddest sensation. I felt as if I could totally and completely experience how my daughter must have felt in her relationship. If resources like this app had been available to us then, I am confident that I would have acted upon the signs and intervened in the early stages of the relationship." Education is key to prevention. Parents must take a proactive approach and educate themselves on teen dating abuse before their teens enter relationships. Resources are readily available in the app, and while some parents may find initial conversations uncomfortable, it is our hope that the Love Is Not Abuse app will be utilized to help prevent dating violence and wake parents up to the reality of teen dating abuse. Jane Randel is senior vice president of corporate communications and brand services at Liz Claiborne Inc. Randel spearheads the company's award-winning, cause marketing program, Love Is Not Abuse, to generate awareness, educate the public and ultimately prevent violence against women. She is on the National Advisory Board of the National Domestic Violence Hotline and is a member of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape/National Sexual Violence Resource Center's Honorary Board.

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