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

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
September 22, 2008
This year's Savor the Season was a huge success! The event raised more funds than ever before to support Break the Cycle’s life-saving work with youth. Guests enjoyed food and beverages from some of Los Angeles’ top culinary talents and also sampled decadent chocolates, champagne, and much more... Read More
September 12, 2008
Domestic violence is not a personal issue – it's a community problem. A recent study shows that if one student is experiencing domestic violence, test scores drop for the entire class. The study, commissioned by University of California - Irvine, showed the decrease occurs evenly, regardless of... Read More
August 29, 2008
At 17, Kristen got a new boyfriend. Things were great, until he started getting violent at the end of 12th grade. After newly two years of cycling through his abusive behavior, Kristen decided to end their relationship. Little did she know, the worst was still to come. Her long-term boyfriend... Read More
August 15, 2008
Break the Cycle was thrilled to attend Mary Kay’s annual sales-force conference in Dallas. We were greeted by hundreds of Independent Beauty Consultants and were impressed by their compassion, drive and style.As part of Mary Kay’s Social Responsibility booth, we helped spread the word about... Read More
May 27, 2008
Nearly four years ago, I was promoted into the position of Executive Director at a time of challenging transition for Break the Cycle. During my tenure, we have achieved impressive accomplishments, embarked on major organizational restructuring, and clearly defined Break the Cycle's goals and... Read More
May 13, 2008
As part of a global effort, Mary Kay is donating its profits from the Beauty that Counts™ campaign to change the lives of women and children.Through the sale of Creme Lipstick in Apple Berry, Mary Kay is sponsoring Break the Cycle's groundbreaking Ending Violence DVD – an interactive domestic... Read More
May 01, 2008
Break the Cycle’s first online drive, the Brick Campaign, was a huge success! We surpassed our goal, selling out all available bricks. Break the Cycle is proud to unveil the community proclamation of those that stand with us against domestic violence. Each brick contains a personal message of... Read More
April 14, 2008
On a rainy Saturday earlier this year, Break the Cycle spent the day with the dynamic Los Angeles Youth Leadership Council (LAYLC), presenting workshops on healthy relationships.A flagship program of the Majestic Realty Foundation, LAYLC is a group of young leaders from throughout Los Angeles... Read More
April 08, 2008
Break the Cycle is thrilled to announce its 4th annual Savor the Season signature fundraising event, which has been named one of the top ten food and wine events in Los Angeles.This year, Savor the Season will be held at the Vibiana in downtown LA, on Sunday September 21st from 6-9 PM. The... Read More
April 01, 2008
On Sunday, April 6, more than 80 friends and supporters of Break the Cycle ran or walked in solidarity at the 4th Annual 5K Run/Walk for Victims’ Rights.The Run/Walk was a wonderful success! Thank you to everyone who gave their time, energy and dollars in honor of Break the Cycle and our... Read More
March 23, 2008
Dating violence harms one out of every three teens in the United States. That number is unacceptable but will not change unless youth have the resources they need to create and maintain healthy relationships. You Can Help! Young people need a safe space to ask questions, get expert advice, share... Read More
February 03, 2008
Today, Break the Cycle issued the first-ever state-by-state report card evaluating the level of legal protection each state offers young victims of domestic and dating violence. The report was issued in conjunction with National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week.The report... Read More
January 31, 2008
Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week is February 4-8. In recognition, Break the Cycle is expanding our online content and improving the navigation of both sites. These changes reflect our growing programs and long-standing commitment to ending domestic violence. Our new training... Read More
December 20, 2007
National leaders are stepping up to help address teen dating violence. This week the US Senate unanimously passed a resolution making February 4-8, 2008, "National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week." Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a long time advocate of dating violence prevention,... Read More

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