Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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 He Loves Me... He Loves Me Not/Me ama... no me ama, to help Latino teens learn more about dating violence and the resources available.

Most Successful Savor the Season Yet

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!

We thank everyone who helped with or attended the event and look forward to seeing you at Savor the Season 2009!

-Published on September 22, 2008

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.


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