Jennifer Ann's Group

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The Jennifer Ann Crecente Memorial Group, Inc., commonly known as "Jennifer Ann's Group", is a Code Section 501(c)(3) public charity based in Atlanta, Georgia, whose aims are to educate young people about the prevalence of teen dating violence, how to identify these relationships, and how to extricate themselves safely from such relationships.


Orange[1] headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia in the U.S.

The Jennifer Ann Crecente Memorial Group, Inc. received its corporate charter in the U.S. state of Georgia on June 23, 2006 [2] and its 501(c)(3) status from the IRS on September 26, 2006.[3] The stated goals of the organization are "[t]o keep Jennifer Crecente's memory alive through good works and by fighting Teen Dating Violence." [4] The organization's trade name is Jennifer Ann's Group and is named in memory of Jennifer Ann Crecente. The group was founded by Crecente's father after the murder of the 18-year-old high school honors student by her ex-boyfriend.

Gaming Against Violence[edit]

The charity focuses on preventing teen dating violence through awareness, education, and advocacy. Although the group has several programs, the program for which it is best known is Gaming Against Violence, a program which produces and publishes video games designed to prevent teen dating violence.

History of Gaming Against Violence[edit]

Since 2008 the organization has sponsored an annual game design competition, the Life.Love. Game Design Challenge, asking game developers "Can you create a video game about teen dating violence ... without using violence in the game itself?"[5][6]

The winning video games are published and promoted to encourage students, parents, and teachers to learn about how to recognize and avoid abusive dating relationships. The winning video games represent a wide range of countries, with winning games coming from Argentina, Belgium, Canada, England, India, Ireland, Mexico, Sweden, Thailand, and the U.S.[7]


Jennifer Ann's Group's efforts to use video games to prevent teen dating violence has been presented to many groups including Games for Health conferences in Boston and Amsterdam, mHealth conferences, Game Developers Conference (GDC), SIEGE, and to the CDC. The 2015 presentation at GDC by the founder of Jennifer Ann's Group can be viewed online: [8]

Journal Publication[edit]

The Games for Health Journal printed a Program Profile about the program: "Gaming Against Violence: A Grassroots Approach to Teen Dating Violence" in 2014.[7]


Recognized as a Top 10 Trailblazer by Break the Cycle for "innovative use of video games" to stop teen dating violence.[9]

Video Games[edit]

A selection of the winning video games from the annual design competition are published online and/or for download to smartphones and tablets. The video games include: Grace's Diary from 2010 developed by GPTouch;[10] Love in the Dumpster from 2013 developed by AnotherKind;[11] The Guardian from 2014 developed by 99UNO;[12] Another Chance from 2015 developed by AnotherKind;[13] and HONEYMOON from 2016 developed by SNDR.[14] The games are available through the organization's game portal [15] which features a rotating selection of the video games. All games for online play and for download are free.

Media Coverage[edit]

The Gaming Against Violence program and Jennifer Ann's Group's use of video games has been covered by a range of gaming and mainstream media outlets including Wired,[10] Huffington Post,[11] Kotaku,[16] Fast Co.Exist,[17] Polygon,[18] Gamasutra,[19] GamePolitics,[20] and NPR.[21]

Efforts: Other Programs[edit]


  • On November 16, 2006 a member of the Jennifer Ann's Group's advisory group, Dr. Elizabeth Richeson, used Jennifer Ann's Group as an example of a group that is attempting to educate others about the prevalence of Teen Dating Violence at the Texas Psychological Association's convention about their "Stand Against Violence" campaign. On November 23, 2006 Dr. Richeson discussed the group's efforts to educate others about how common violence is in teenage relationships in an interview with El Paso, Texas NBC affiliate KTSM.[22]
  • On February 13, 2007, the charity provided testimony to the Texas House in support of new legislation proposed to require school districts in Texas to adopt policies regarding Teen Dating Violence.[23] On May 18, 2007 the Dating Violence Policy Bill was signed into law in Texas and became effective immediately.[24]
  • The charity has successfully lobbied with Texas state politicians Senator Eliot Shapleigh and Representative Valinda Bolton to have a bill, "Jennifer's Law" entered into legislation in Texas to award posthumous diplomas to high school seniors that have died during their Senior year.[25] The bill was entered on February 15, 2007, the one-year anniversary of Jennifer Ann Crecente's murder.[26] The legislation passed both the Senate and the House and was sent to Governor Rick Perry for signing. The law went into effect upon signing by the Governor on June 15, 2007.[27]


  • On February 8, 2007, the charity announced a partnership with the Loveisrespect, National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline to promote their helpline on the Educational Cards that the charity distributes. The charity purchased 10,000 Educational Cards that will be distributed to the Education, Health Care and Government sectors.[28]

Educational Resources[edit]

  • On September 28, 2007, the charity received their order of 100,000 Educational Cards to educate teens about the dangers of Teen Dating Violence. These free cards are given to organizations throughout the United States. The educational cards have the same form factor as credit cards - and are made from the same material. The idea behind the cards was to provide this information to young people in a format that would "endure scrutiny as well as the lifestyles of young people."[29]
  • On January 31, 2009, the charity announced that it had distributed over 250,000 Educational Cards to schools and other organizations across the United States in support of its efforts to increase awareness about Teen Dating Violence.[30]
  • In 2009 the group began distributing educational bookmarks. The bookmarks contain the same safety information and warning signs as the cards but also includes other helpful information intended to encourage students to retain the bookmarks for future reference.[30]
  • As of 2016 the organization had distributed over 500,000 of their resources to "schools, churches, and other organizations at no cost to them."[30]


  • The first annual fundraiser, held April 21, 2007 in El Paso, Texas was supported by many organizations. Video gaming blog Kotaku [31] offered several video gaming packages for bid through eBay with all proceeds going to the charity.[32]
  • In 2008 the fundraiser moved to the Fall and was held September 13, 2008 in El Paso, Texas.
  • In 2009 the fundraiser was held on October 3, 2009 in El Paso, Texas.
  • In 2010 the fundraiser was held on October 2, 2010 in El Paso, Texas.
  • In 2011 the fundraiser was held on October 22, 2011 in El Paso, Texas.
  • In 2012 the fundraiser was held on October 6, 2012 in El Paso, Texas.
  • In 2013 the fundraiser was held on November 9, 2013 in El Paso, Texas.
  • In 2014 the fundraiser was held on October 4, 2014 in El Paso, Texas.
  • In 2015 the fundraiser was held on October 24, 2015 in El Paso, Texas.
  • In 2016 the tenth annual fundraiser will be held on October 22, 2016 in El Paso, Texas.


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  22. ^ Dr. Elizabeth Richeson (2006-11-23). Dating Violence (Television News). El Paso, Texas: KTSM, NBC affiliate. 
  23. ^ Texas House Legislation
  24. ^ Texas Legislature Online
  25. ^ Senator Shapleigh's Website
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  27. ^ History of HB 1563
  28. ^ Crecente, Drew (February 7, 2007). "Jennifer Ann's Group Announces Partnership with the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline" (Press release). Retrieved 2007-07-06. 
  29. ^ "Jennifer Ann's Group Website". 
  30. ^ a b c "Jennifer Ann's Group Website". 
  31. ^ Kotaku
  32. ^ Gameworld Network

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