How We Help

Seven Million Teens.

That’s how many young people Break the Cycle has helped build healthy relationships in the last 18 years. Here’s how we’ve done it:

Youth Leadership & Education

Break the Cycle inspires and supports young people in building a culture of healthy relationships. We’re guided by our National Youth Advisory Board (NYAB), 24 enthusiastic, committed young people taking action to ending dating abuse.

We partner with the National Domestic Violence Hotline to provide the ultimate source of support to help young people prevent and end dating abuse -- loveisrespect. Through this program, help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, online and via phone and text.

Training & Capacity Building

Break the Cycle believes that knowledge is power. Our experts train adults across the country on how to promote healthy youth relationships and serve young survivors in their community. From law enforcement officers, attorneys and government officials to teachers, parents and advocates, we work with individuals and institutions that ensure that young people have the resources they need to have healthy relationships and to end abusive ones safely.

Legal Services

Break the Cycle helps young people experiencing abuse in a relationship navigate the justice system and find safety. We offer free legal representation to young victims of abuse in Washington DC. Clients must be 12 to 24 years old, living in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and experiencing abuse. If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse and could use legal counsel, contact our legal services program at 202.824.0707 or legalservices@breakthecycle.org.

Policy & Advocacy

Break the Cycle has been at the forefront of major nationwide policy changes to better protect the rights and promote the health of young people. Our team works at the local, state and federal levels to help ensure young people have resources they need to get out of abusive relationships. We sponsor a growing national grassroots coalition of parents, teachers and advocates known as Love Is Not Abuse whose mission is to implement dating violence education and policies in their communities.

Public Awareness

Having helped establish February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month (TDVAM), we run www.teenDVmonth.org, the online hub for all national activities and promotion of TDVAM. The website offers resources for youth, adults and communities that want to plan awareness-raising activities in February, as well as hosting Break the Cycle and loveisrespect’s annual TDVAM campaigns.

Do You Need Help?

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911 right away. To get more information or chat with a peer advocate, visit loveisrespect.org.