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

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
June 12, 2009
New surveys show that the current economy is leading to a rise in incidents of domestic violence. Help Break the Cycle empower youth to end abuse. Join us in Ending Violence.
June 08, 2009
You have less than a month to join Break the Cycle's Brick Campaign and build a path to thesafespace.org. Help ensure that young people have access to all the information they need to avoid abuse and create healthy relationships. Support The Brick Campaign today! -Published on June 8, 2009
May 12, 2009
A new survey by Mary Kay Inc. shows that the economic downturn leads to an increase in domestic violence. Read Mary Kay's press release now.
April 20, 2009
Does Your State Make the Grade? On March 24, Break the Cycle released the 2009 State-by-State Teen Dating Violence Report Card grading each state’s laws on how well they protect teen victims of dating violence. Almost half the states failed to make a passing grade and only five states received A's... Read More
March 24, 2009
Break the Cycle releases the 2009 State-by-State Teen Dating Violence Report Card grading each state’s laws on how well they protect teen victims of dating violence. The report has already received wide media attention. Read the full 2009 Report.    
March 02, 2009
Dear Friends, The recent incident involving pop stars Chris Brown and Rihanna is flooding the news, bringing the shocking reality of teen dating violence to the nation’s attention. Much of the coverage focuses on the graphic details, feeding misconceptions about abuse without offering... Read More
February 13, 2009
Break the Cycle is happy to announce that The Ahmanson Foundation has generously donated $40,000 to support dating violence prevention. Their gift will increase agency productivity and help us connect thousands more youth with appropriate and effective resources. We thank them for the support...
February 02, 2009
Along with Break the Cycle, Mary Kay Inc. will encourage legislators across the United States to propose laws requiring healthy relationship education in schools.-Published on February 2, 2009
December 29, 2008
Break the Cycle Young Professionals are hosting The Unmasquerade, a night of fun, music and masks, featuring unbelievable live entertainment. Join us February 19th! -Published on December 29, 2008  
December 12, 2008
At Break the Cycle, we work every day to ensure that all young people have the information they need to build safe and healthy relationships. That's why we are so pleased to continue our partnership with Verizon Foundation. This year, Verizon generously gave $20,000 to support our domestic... Read More
November 07, 2008
Break the Cycle is pleased to publish our 2007 Annual Report, documenting the year's accomplishments and milestones. Completing a new strategic plan in 2007, we identified and made strides towards accomplishing the six goals most important to furthering our mission:Educate youth Encourage... Read More
October 24, 2008
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Break the Cycle has launched several initiatives to celebrate. Through our campaign Speak.Act.Change, we are calling on high school students nationwide to secure their schools and their futures. This month, we also published the graphic novel... Read More

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