Youth Voices Network (YVN)

The Youth Voices Network (YVN) gives voice to survivors of dating abuse with the goal of helping youth build safe and healthy relationships.  A group made up of young survivors, the Youth Voices Network aims to let other young people know that they are not alone, raise awareness about warning signs of abuse, and direct survivors to helpful resources.  Sharing their stories offers the survivors an opportunity to heal and transform their experiences of pain into a powerful tool for change.

The Youth Voices Network welcomes new members. Our members are survivors; they have experienced intimate partner violence or dating abuse as a teen or young adult under the age of 24. However, there is no age limit for participation.

To apply to be a member of YVN, please complete the Youth Voices Network Application Form.

In sharing my story, I have found strength and discovered my voice. My voice is now clear: I was a victim, I am a survivor; and everyone deserves the chance to be happy and healthy.
— Jean, 23

The Youth Voices Network raises awareness in a variety of ways, including the following:

Sharing personal stories of survival - anonymously or not – with:

  • Youth/peers
  • Parents
  • Teachers
  • Government officials
  • Journalists and other media professionals

Strategizing to raise awareness of relationship abuse among youth through:

  • Public events
  • Awareness projects
  • Outreach to youth and youth-focused community organizations
  • Local and national media attention

In addition, the YVN provides a safe space and builds relationships of support between members.

For more information, please email us at