Break the Cycle in the News

Since our founding in 1996, Break the Cycle has regularly garnered media coverage. Read some of the stories on our work to end dating violence:

When Teen Dating Violence Hits Your Family

March 21, 2012 – According to the CDC, 9.8% of high school students report physical abuse from a dating partner within the last year. As parents, we need to know how to recognize dating abuse, what to do and where to direct our teens. Don’t forget to show your son or daughter

Huguely Texted Other Women Night Love was Killed

February 16, 2012 – CBS This Morning examines the details of the Yeardley Love murder case while Break the Cycle’s Executive Director Marjorie Gilberg provides context.

Yeardley Love Case Should Serve as a Wake-up Call

February 16, 2012 – Dating abuse on college campuses is a serious issue as tragically made famous by the trial of George Huguely. Break the Cycle’s Executive Director Marjorie Gilberg gives college students tips on how to be a good ally.

The Truth About Love

February 2012 – Seventeen profiled three real relationships so its readers can see the warning signs of abuse and start discussing how a healthy relationship feels. For those in need, the article features loveisrespect as a the help resource.

The #1 Warning Sign in an Abusive Relationship Is Isolation

March 3, 2011 – Dr. Phil discusses the warning signs of abuse with Joy Behar. To prevent dating violence, he is partnering with Break the Cycle and Hazelden Publishing to distribute the comprehensive model, Respect WORKS!, to 1,000 schools.

Teens Obsessed with Love

February 14, 2011 – In an episode centered on dating violence, Dr. Phil helps prevent abuse by featuring the “Let Your Heart Rule” Campaign, created in partnership between Break the Cycle and HopeLine from Verizon. He also announces his commitment to Respect WORKS!

Is Violent Rihanna-Eminem Song a Teaching Tool?

August 6, 2010 – The hit song “Love the Way You Life” by pop icons Eminem and Rihanna portray a violently unhealthy relationship. In response, Break the Cycle’s Executive Director Marjorie Gilberg discusses the harsh realities of dating abuse.

Mel’s Rage-Filled Text Messages Have Surfaced – Experts Say He’s Abusive

August 2, 2010 – Mel Gibson’s recently publicized behavior towards his estranged girlfriend has sparked controversy in the press. Break the Cycle’s Chaitra Shenoy weighs in on the dangerous cycle of domestic abuse.

Schools Trying to Prevent and Respond to Sexual Violence

May 24, 2010 – The recent murder of 22 year old Yeardley Love has brought to light the prevalence of domestic violence on college campuses. In response, Break the Cycle calls for clear school policies and procedures to help recognize and prevent dating abuse.

Turns Out, Yeardley Love Couldn’t Have Gotten a Restraining Order if She Wanted To

May 12, 2010 – Virginia is in the spotlight with the tragic death of UVA student Yeardley Love. Virginia fails Break the Cycle’s State Law Report Cards because its laws do not allow people in dating relationships to obtain restraining orders – meaning Love couldn’t have gotten legal help.

Virginians Take Head: Dating Violence is Not Going Away

May 11, 2010 – Break the Cycle’s Executive Director Marjorie Gilberg laments the death of UVA student Yeardley Love and discusses the importance of universities and state law in protecting young people from abusive relationships.

What Good is a Month?

February 24, 2010 – February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, but Break the Cycle’s Executive Director Marjorie Gilberg explains why ending dating abuse is an ongoing job.

Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Protection Month

February 3, 2010 – After the US Government designated February Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, Break the Cycle educated young people nationwide about healthy relationships through the Have a Heart campaign.

MTV Launches ‘A Thin Line’ To Stop Digital Abuse

December 3, 2009 – MTV launches a multi-year initiative to stop the spread of digital abuse. Break the Cycle joined MTV to bring national attention to dating violence.

The Hidden Danger of Breakups

December 2009 – Emily’s story proves that escaping an abusive relationship isn’t easy – and the consequences can be fatal. Break the Cycle offers tips and resources to help girls like Emily find safety.

Teen Violence and Domestic Abuse: Resources

November 6, 2009 – One in three adolescent girls has been in an abusive relationship, and Break the Cycle is one of several resources available to help teens and women experiencing dating violence.

Biden Commemorates Violence Against Women Act

September 29, 2009 – September marked the 15th anniversary of VAWA, the legislation aimed at reducing violence against women. Juley Fulcher of Break the Cycle says there is still room for improvement.

Protecting Our Youth

Fall 2009 – Chaitra Chenoy, Policy & Technical Assistance Attorney at Break the Cycle, discusses the importance of educating teens on the issue of dating violence, particularly among the Asian-American community.

Chris Brown Pleads Guilty to Assault

June 23, 2009 – Juley Fulcher, Break the Cycle’s Director of Policy Programs, discusses how Chris Brown’s attack on Rihanna sheds light on the unfortunate problem of domestic violence among youth.

Report: Few States Responding to Teen Dating Violence

March 25, 2009 – Break the Cycle’s 2008 State Report Cards demonstrate the country needs to improve when it comes to equipping teen abuse victims with the tools they need to be safe.

Report: States Lag with Dating-Violence Laws

March 24, 2009 – Break the Cycle’s nationwide report on teen dating violence laws lead advocacy groups to speak up about states’ lack of attention to the important issue of dating violence.

Tina Turner to Rihanna: Leave Chris Brown Now

February 20, 2009 – Chai Shenoy of Break the Cycle discusses how Tina Turner’s and Rihanna’s experiences with dating abuse illustrate how difficult it can be to escape a violent relationship.

A Worthwhile Cause

February 20, 2009 & September 8, 2008 – Perez Hilton puts the spotlight on Break the Cycle’s mission to engage, educate and empower youth.

Crazy in Love

June 2007 – Liza Lorenz, Director of National Programs at Break the Cycle, stresses the importance of parents talking to their children about the differences between healthy and abusive relationships.

Breaking the Cycle of Abuse Must Start with our Youth

February 27, 2006 – Dear Abby recognizes the importance of organizations like Break the Cycle to ending dating violence.

I Grew Up in an Abusive Home

July 2005 – An anonymous teen talks about how her parents’ abusive relationship led her to Break the Cycle, where she became an advocate for ending dating abuse.

Peggy Lipton: The Mom Squad

May 2001 – Actress and long-time Break the Cycle supporter Peggy Lipton talks about the importance of talking to your kids early on about dating violence.

As a member of the media, you have the ability to raise awareness about teen dating violence and help stop this silent epidemic.