Dating Violence Blog

September 30, 2015
As teenagers transition from preadolescence into adulthood, studies show there is "a substantial increase in the experience of negative emotions". However, they may not have learned yet how to deal with these negative emotions in a constructive manner. One study suggests that teens who engage in an... Read More
September 21, 2015
This week's guest blog was written by National Youth Advisory Board member Tatsumi Romano. Tatsumi is seventeen years old and travels between New York City and Los Angeles as an actress. She has been on the board for one year and is a high school student. She uses the arts platform to engage... Read More
September 09, 2015
Ah, the “honeymoon period” -- that spark of magic where everything in a dating partner seems perfect. It’s exciting, it’s exhilarating, it’s romantic! And then, the magic starts to fade. The wave of new discoveries slows down and we find ourselves in a relationship that doesn’t feel shiny and new... Read More
September 02, 2015
With school starting back up, so does the opportunity for new or continuing romances. While relationships or casual hookups can be exciting at first, it’s extremely important to know the warning signs of dating violence. Recognizing these signs can help prevent a dating partner from becoming hurt... Read More
August 26, 2015
With over 120 colleges and universities now under investigation for their handling of sexual assault cases on campus, it’s inordinately evident that the system needs to change. Fortunately, there are resources, experts and legislation available to help support survivors and advocates.... Read More
August 20, 2015
As your teenager heads off to school, they’re walking into a maze of adolescent experiences waiting to happen, including dating and sex. If you talk to your teen about sex and sexuality, they might react indignantly or recoil in horror (“Mom! Dad! Gross!”). Young people are often hesitant to open... Read More
August 06, 2015
The idea of sexual consent continues to dominate the news. California and New York have recently signed or are in the middle of discussions on "yes means yes" bills, which would require both partners to give "affirmative consent" before performing sexual acts with each other. Over for the... Read More
July 20, 2015
It’s exciting to be with a new dating partner. However, even if things are casual, it’s important to set boundaries. Sometimes boundaries also shift and change as a relationship progresses, which is okay as long as you both agree to discuss the shift honestly and you both feel good about the... Read More
July 15, 2015
Everybody gets angry from time to time. Traffic is a nightmare, your favorite sport team loses their championship game, your new shirt was ruined in the laundry -- the list of common grievances like delayed flights and having a waiter bring the wrong dinner goes on and on. Yet when someone acts... Read More
June 29, 2015
Part of being in a healthy relationship is communicating effectively, including when someone feels angry or disappointed. Disagreements and fights are bound to happen in any relationship, which is why it’s crucial to know how to fight fairly with a dating partner. What is unfair fighting? It’s... Read More
June 19, 2015
A recent study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that within a year, 21 percent of high school girls and 10 percent of high school boys were physically or sexually assaulted by someone they dated. We often hear about the harmful impacts of physical or sexual abuse in... Read More
June 10, 2015
People view dating abuse victims as being overwhelmingly female. However, one in three teens experience some form of dating abuse, including male victims. And 35 percent of girls reported being the perpetrator at some point in their lives, while 37 percent of boys reported victimization.... Read More
June 03, 2015
June is Pride Month, and we celebrate all healthy and happy relationships, including relationships with gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans* people. Being a young person in a same-sex relationship should be as healthy and loving as a heterosexual relationship. However, LGBTQ relationships experience... Read More
May 29, 2015
We had a chance to interview Dr. Lisa Fontes, author of Invisible Chains: Overcoming Coercive Control in Your Intimate Relationship, about what it means to be in a relationship where a partner uses coercive control as a form of dating abuse. 1. Tell us briefly about your book, Invisible... Read More
May 21, 2015
Going through a breakup is always difficult, no matter the circumstances. However, when someone has experienced unhealthy or abusive behaviors in a relationship, it can be even more challenging. Someone going through a breakup from a partner who used unhealthy or abusive behaviors can feel anxious... Read More
May 19, 2015
Break the Cycle has recently had the opportunity to have amazing conversations with global leaders working to end dating abuse in South India and Latin America through the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. This past week, we got to meet even more incredible leaders from... Read More
May 14, 2015
physical abuse warning signs
Dating violence does not affect the survivor alone -- it greatly affects other people involved in their lives, including children. Parents in a relationship experiencing unhealthy or abusive behaviors have to worry not just about their personal safety, but must consider the safety of their child or... Read More
May 12, 2015
Today’s Guest Blog comes from Rachel Dack, a relationship expert for Dack is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC), nationally certified counselor and relationship coach. She is also a co-author of "Sexy Secrets to a Juicy Love Life," an international bestseller... Read More
May 08, 2015
Working to end dating violence across generations? Now that’s making a difference. Joanne Caruso is a former Break the Cycle board member with two daughters. While dating violence isn’t something she has personally experienced, she felt as a parent it was an issue near and dear to her heart. So... Read More
April 29, 2015
In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, during the month of April we will be featuring our partners across the nation in a Guest Blog Series on issues of sexual violence. Please be aware that this blog post references incidences of sexual violence, and may be triggering to some readers. This... Read More