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

July 07, 2014
How many texts do you think teens send in a day? Five? 20? 1,000? If you guess 1,000, you’re not that far off. According to a study done by the Pew Internet and American Life Project in 2010, young people between the ages of 12 and 17 send more than 100 texts a day. “It... Read More
June 30, 2014
At Break the Cycle, we work to inspire and support young people to build healthy relationships and create a culture without abuse. Dating violence affects millions of people every year, but people are still afraid to talk about it. It’s time to start the conversation and bring hope to survivors... Read More
June 24, 2014
During a presentation at a company event last week, Tmobile CEO John Legere compared the prices of AT&T and Verizon to rape, saying, “these high and might duopolists that are raping you for every penny you have.” Although Legere apologized for the remarks, it brings up the issue of using... Read More
June 20, 2014
As part of the Kids 4 Dodgers program, Break the Cycle had the opportunity to bring 150 young leaders, ages seven to 18, and their families to the Monday, June 16 Los Angeles Dodger game. We brought along the FC Long Beach Girls U9 soccer team, as well as student leaders from University High School... Read More
June 16, 2014
If someone is in an unhealthy or abusive relationship, breaking up can be complicated. It’s hard for people to talk about, let alone tell their work. But if your co-worker or employee is in the middle of this kind of breakup, you can help keep them safe by being part of their support system.... Read More
June 11, 2014
This past weekend (June 7th and 8th), over 200 girls on two coasts between the ages of 12 to 17 got to work at the Black Girls CODE Hackathon titled “Love Is Respect.” The two-day hackathon held in Oakland, California and Brooklyn, New York was powered by Black Girls CODE, Break the Cycle and... Read More
May 30, 2014
By now, you’ve heard about the tragic events that occurred in Isla Vista, near the University of California Santa Barbara on Friday, May 23. Elliot Rodger, a 22-year-old man, went on a killing spree, taking the lives of six people before committing suicide. In the weeks leading up to the... Read More
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