Break the Cycle was founded in Los Angeles in 1996. The organization has been providing innovative and effective domestic violence prevention and early intervention services to the Los Angeles community ever since.
The Need for Break the Cycle’s Services in Los Angeles
Break the Cycle is the only organization in Los Angeles to provide comprehensive law-based domestic violence education and free legal services exclusively to youth. There is a great and irrefutable need for Break the Cycle’s services in this local community. In fact, 29 percent of the students who participated in Break the Cycle’s Los Angeles programs in 2003 reported that they themselves or their friends or family members have experienced dating or domestic violence. Moreover, over 95 percent of these students state that they think it is important for them to learn the information provided by Break the Cycle, and over 80 percent say they would share the information learned with their friends or family members.
Accomplishments and Impact
In 2003, Break the Cycle’s Los Angeles office:
- Educated over 12,000 youth throughout Los Angeles County on dating and domestic violence, healthy relationships, and their legal rights and responsibilities.
- Trained nearly 1,000 social service providers, school officials and other concerned community members on how to respond to the needs of youth with regard to domestic violence.
- Provided free legal advice, counsel, information and/or representation to over 500 youth who were experiencing abuse in their relationships or homes.
- Recruited and trained a corps of high school and college students through Break the Cycle’s Peer Leadership Programs to become the next generation of leaders in the movement to end domestic violence.
For more information about Break the Cycle’s work in Los Angeles, contact:
Break the Cycle
Los Angeles Office
P.O. Box 64996
Los Angeles, CA 90064