For Policy Makers

Thank you for joining Break the Cycle in the movement to end domestic violence and sexual assault.

Together, we will improve the ability of youth-serving systems to meet the needs of teens experiencing relationship abuse.

The Prevalence of Teen Dating Violence

  • One in three teenagers reports experiencing physical or emotional abuse in their relationships.1
  • Women ages 16 to 24 endure more incidents of intimate partner violence than any other age group.2
  • Studies show 1.5 million high school students experience physical abuse from a dating partner each year.3

Shaping Lasting Change for Youth

As the leading organization empowering youth to stop relationship violence, Break the Cycle is focusing on three broad legislative and policy priorities:

  1. Increasing critical access to essential information, effective services, safety and justice
  2. Ensuring the confidentiality necessary to allow abused youth to come out of the shadows
  3. Promoting a healthy environment that encourages youth to prevent, avoid and escape relationship abuse

Explore this section to assess how well your community is addressing these three critical areas and what you can do to improve the local response to teen dating violence.