Please note: Entries within this blog may contain references to instances of domestic abuse, dating abuse, sexual assault, abuse or harassment. At all times, Break the Cycle encourages readers to take whatever precautions necessary to protect themselves emotionally and psychologically.  If you would like to speak with an advocate, please contact a 24/7 peer advocate at 866-331-9474  or text "loveis" to 22522.

Real Stories: The Relationship Blog

April 09, 2015
Recently, we had the opportunity to have two incredible conversations with global leaders working to end dating abuse worldwide. As part of the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program, Break the Cycle staff met with South Indian dating violence advocates (link to... Read More
April 02, 2015
The campaign to end college sexual assault is going strong. Yet in middle and high schools across the country, parents and educators are ill informed, allowing sexual assault to go unaddressed. What is happening to our schools? Why is there such a lack of awareness in public schools about how to... Read More
March 26, 2015
From prom season to football season, students everywhere in middle and high school are navigating love, dating and relationships. Yet for all the relationships that are safe and healthy, one in five female high school students and one in 10 male high school students who date have been affected by... Read More
March 23, 2015
Break the Cycle met with five professional dating and sexual violence advocates from South India in our D.C. office on Friday, March 20th to discuss using social media to create public campaigns and to support the development of healthy relationships and their work. These amazing advocates are here... Read More
March 17, 2015
Twenty years ago, texting seemed like an impossible dream. Now, texting is a normal method of communication for many people, whether it’s texting friends, family or a partner. Highlighting the hold that technology has on our communication styles,, the Pew Internet and American Life Project... Read More
March 10, 2015
According to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, approximately 39 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and queer (LGBTQ) men and slightly more than half of LGBTQ women experience abuse from their partners. Many LGBTQ youth face obstacles that heterosexual... Read More
March 05, 2015
According to a recent study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 21 percent of high school girls and 10 percent of high school boys have been physically or sexually assaulted by someone they dated. While we often hear about the harmful impacts of physical or sexual abuse in... Read More
March 03, 2015
Adult allies and organizations serving youth communities often ask about how they can better serve the needs of young people. Break the Cycle's Director of Programs Kelley Hampton guest blogs and talks about what you can as an ally or organization to help young people experiencing dating abuse.... Read More
February 24, 2015
Between Chris Brown, Bill Cosby and the many domestic violence charges against NFL players (and athletes in general), there’s been no shortage of stories in the media about dating abuse. Even in other stories, dating violence has been creeping into conversations unlikely to mention violence. Take... Read More
February 19, 2015
During teenDVmonth, we've asked our National Youth Advisory Board to guest write blogs. This week's youth perspective is brought to you by Chandler Lewis, Team Member. When I was growing up, teen dating violence and domestic violence were topics that were not openly discussed in my school or... Read More
February 13, 2015
In the last few years, the issue of sexual assault and dating abuse on college campuses has gained overdue traction in the public sphere. From Columbia University’s Emma Sulkowiczcarrying her mattress in protest of the university’s handling of her sexual assault, to the increasing number of higher... Read More
February 11, 2015
One in three young people experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse from a dating partner. This is an epidemic. Despite the urgency of this issue, survivors between the ages of 12-18 often have limited access to legal protections, including civil protection orders or restraining orders.... Read More
February 08, 2015
As adult allies, we work with youth to help them build healthy relationships, we work to provide much needed help services but most importantly we work to empower youth to become today’s change to stand up and speak out and that is exactly what these amazing young people are doing. The National... Read More
February 05, 2015
Creating a culture without abuse takes all of us. With one in three young people experiencing some form of dating abuse, it is essential that we take a serious step toward deconstructing unhealthy relationships, and our beliefs about them. Your voice matters, and getting involved is the first step... Read More
January 26, 2015
Dating abuse affects everyone. It knows no boundaries and crosses all barriers. It can happen to anyone, at any time, at any age. This isn't just reflect in what we see in our lives -- it's in the statistics. Shockingly, one in three young people will experience some form of dating abuse, but... Read More
January 23, 2015
During teenDVmonth, we've asked our National Youth Advisory Board to guest write blogs. This week's youth perspective is brought to you by Nicole De Sario, Executive Team Member. As you may know, the National Youth Advisory Board for loveisrespect consists of 24 youth aged 14-24 from all over... Read More
January 23, 2015
On behalf of the Break the Cycle Board of Directors, I am delighted to announce that the new Chief Executive Officer of Break the Cycle is Amy Sánchez. Amy is widely respected in the domestic violence field, and has a history of building organizations that engage communities to end violence. Amy... Read More
December 03, 2014
Last January, The Amanda Forum's first annual conference, put together by the Caring Place of Valparaiso, Indiana as part of a youth dating violence prevention project in honored Amanda Bach. In 2011 Amanda was murdered by her ex-boyfriend. (He received a 60 year sentence for the murder and is... Read More
November 21, 2014
Last month, Break the Cycle staff participated in the Trauma Informed Care Roundtable, conducted by the Sexual Violence Justice Institute (SVJI) of the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Hosted by the US Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women, SVJI brought together 15... Read More
November 14, 2014
Going through a breakup is always difficult, no matter the circumstances. But going through a breakup after being in an unhealthy relationship can feel even worse. It’s important to remember you’re not alone and have the support of family and friends to get you through this tough time. Plus, it’s... Read More