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Love Is Not Abuse

One in four women (25%) has experienced domestic violence in her lifetime.

Nearly three out of four Americans (74%) personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence.

Women of all races are equally vulnerable to violence by an intimate partner.

It's time to talk.

Liz Claiborne Inc. has organized It’s Time to Talk Day for the past seven years to draw national attention to the importance of communicating about domestic violence, teen dating violence, and intimate partner abuse.

Through its Love Is Not Abuse program, the company educates college and high school students about the dangers and warning signs of dating violence, offers lessons specifically on abuse via technology, and provides resources where students can find help, like Love is Respect National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline.

The nation’s top domestic violence experts, attorneys general, corporate leaders, district attorneys, legislators, celebrities, parents and teens gathered at Liz Claiborne's headquarters last week to participate in a dialogue to raise awareness for ways to end domestic violence and teen dating abuse.

This year's partners include: Seventeen, the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL), MTV’s digital abuse campaign, “A Thin Line,” Verizon Foundation and Mariska Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation, and bloggers from Mom Central Consulting Network.

How do you speak to your children about respect in relationships?

It's never too early.

{This post is sponsored by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Liz Claiborne. Statistics from Domestic Violence Resource Center.}