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

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
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

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