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

May 28, 2014
If an abusive relationship has reached a point of danger, it may be time to seek a restraining order, also known as a protection order. This makes it a crime for an abusive partner to come near or contact the victim in any way, including seeing them in person, calling, emailing, texting,... Read More
May 21, 2014
It’s romantic and fun, especially at the beginning of a relationship, to hang with each other all the time. Both partners can be so into each other that sometimes they can forget about the other people in their lives. However, in a healthy relationship, this kind of behavior begins to fade a bit... Read More
May 14, 2014
Have you had the talk yet? There are many red flags for dating abuse, but do you or your child know them? Talking to your teen about dating abuse is the first step towards helping them ensure they understand and are aware of what it is, who it affects and its consequences. But without your... Read More
May 12, 2014
This May is Mental Health Awareness Month. While the National Institute of Mental Health says about one in four Americans suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year, not everyone seeks the care they may need. If you feel like you need to talk to someone, Theravive can help.... Read More
January 10, 2013
We’re proud to announce that Olympic gold medalist and reigning national women’s gymnastics champion Jordyn Wieber has joined Mary Kay to promote loveisrespect and the text-for-help service provided by the National Dating Abuse Helpline! Loveisrespect launched the nation’s first text... Read More
May 09, 2012
The election is over and now it’s time for our officials to get back to work! Whether your representatives got re-elected or not, now is the time for them to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. Let’s make this lame-duck session count! Why This VAWA For the first time, the Violence... Read More
August 04, 2010
Dear Friends, When I joined the Break the Cycle family in 2009, Break the Cycle not only gained a Director of Youth Programs but a successful concert pianist and producer - skills one does not often see in a non-profit manager. Break the Cycle encourages each of us to make our own "voice" heard... Read More
July 15, 2010
Every 15 seconds someone, somewhere is abused. Everyone deserves to live free from abuse. Everyday people are denied that right. We at Break the Cycle work to end abuse through education, legal services and changing laws. But we can't do it alone. And we don't - YOU have helped us develop a... Read More
June 23, 2010
In Pennsylvania, nearly ten percent of high school students have already experienced physical abuse from a dating partner. On average, half of young victims are abused on school campuses. Despite this shocking prevalence of abuse and its proven negative impact on healthy development and... Read More
June 21, 2010
It's not too late to join The Brick Campaign. Don't miss out on this opportunity to help youth in your neighborhood . The winning Brick Layers will get Break the Cycle's [Ending Violence] for a school of their choice. With a month left in the campaign, anyone could win! We spoke with... Read More
May 06, 2010
This May, Break the Cycle launches "Hear My Voice," our new LGBTQ public outreach campaign! With a new section just for LGBTQ teens and young adults on The Safe Space, a PSA to be aired this fall, and appearances at Pride Festivals in Southern California - we're proud to help the LGBTQ community... Read More
March 23, 2010
From the desk of Chai Shenoy, A few days back, I experienced something that I've always dreamed of-- a White House event. I know, I know, many people who live in the Washington, DC area list the number of times they have turned DOWN an invite by the President. I can never imagine passing up on... Read More
March 11, 2010
The Louisiana House of Representatives is considering a bill that would require dating violence education for students in grades 7-12. The bill requires schools to teach students the definition of dating violence, warning signs of abuse and the characteristics of healthy relationships. If passed... Read More
March 01, 2010
To better help young survivors of dating abuse, Connecticut is considering legislation that would require all educators to receive training on dating violence. Representative Gerald Fox III, along with youth leaders from the Stamford Youth Services Bureau and students from Stamford High,... Read More
February 16, 2010
Break the Cycle is proud to premiere the Speak.Act.Change Girl Power Project in seven Girl Scout Councils across Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois and Texas. 120 select Girl Scouts Ambassadors will be trained as Peer Leaders to educate nearly 10,000 more middle and high-school aged Girl... Read More
December 29, 2009
Congratulations to Ohio on making The Tina Croucher Act law. Along with mandating teen dating violence education in grades 7-12, the new law also requires school districts to adopt a policy and provide staff training on dating abuse prevention. Help get teen dating violence education in your... Read More
December 03, 2009
Break the Cycle collaborates with MTV on A Thin Line, an initiative empowering youth to stop the spread of digital abuse. The campaign launched with It's Time to Talk Day in New York, where Break the Cycle joined MTV, media and others to bring national attention to domestic violence.-Published... Read More
November 05, 2009
A group of young boys beat and raped their classmate as a crowd of onlookers stood nearby. After this recent incident in which a fifteen-year-old Richmond girl was gang raped outside of her high school, many people are realizing just how prevalent and horrifying youth violence can be. Sadly,... Read More
August 01, 2009
Break the Cycle is launching a new initiative to ensure that teens in rural communities get the help they need. These young people experience abuse at the same rate as their urban counterparts, but often have difficulty accessing services tailored to their needs. Schools Address Dating Abuse... Read More
July 03, 2009
In an exciting change of public policy, New York now allows thousands more victims, including teens, to access civil protection orders. The New York Legislature voted unanimously to expand the law. Now, teenagers, same sex couples and cohabitants can access legal protection without involving the... Read More

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