Domestic Violence Lowers Test Scores

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 race or economic status.

Together, we can end this damaging phenomenon. Learn how you can get involved in the movement against domestic violence.

-Published on September 12, 2008

Speaking Out About Dating Violence

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 shot at her and a friend, hitting one of them in the arm. He then held the gun to Kristen’s temple before killing himself. Rocked by the violence and her own feelings of guilt, Kristen took a long time to heal.

Leadership Transition

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 strategic vision. And I am proud to say we have never strayed from our core mission and values.

After much consideration, I have determined the time has come for me to step down as Break the Cycle’s Executive Director.

Mary Kay Helps End Violence

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 violence prevention tool especially designed to educate teens about building healthier, happier relationships.

-Published on May 13, 2008

First Online Campaign Huge Success

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 support and hope.

See the bricks now!

LA Youth Leadership Council Camp

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. Every year they participate in a weekend camp to hone their skills. Break the Cycle is honored to join in that tradition!

Savor the Season 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 lush elegance of the Vibiana cathedral offers the ultimate environment for this stylish and sophisticated extravaganza.

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