The Economy and Domestic Violence

June 12, 2009
New surveys show that the current economy is leading to a rise in incidents of domestic violence.

Join Break the Cycle’s Brick Campaign

June 8, 2009
There’s less than a month to join Break the Cycle’s Brick Campaign and build a path to The Safe Space.

Spread the Word Online

May 13, 2009
You can help Break the Cycle achieve our mission of ending teen dating violence from your computer!

Economic Downturn Leads to Increased Domestic Violence

May 12, 2009
A new survey by Mary Kay Inc. shows that the economic downturn leads to an increase in domestic violence.

2009 State-by-State Teen Dating Violence Report Card

April 20, 2009
In response to Break the Cycle’s 2009 State-by-State Teen Dating Violence Report Card, several states are taking action to improve their laws including Pennsylvania and New York.Learn more about the Report’s impact.

2009 State-by-State Teen Dating Violence Report Card

March 24, 2009
Break the Cycle releases the 2009 State-by-State Teen Dating Violence Report Card grading each state’s laws on how well they protect teen victims of dating violence.

The Ahmanson Foundation Supports Break the Cycle

February 13, 2009
Break the Cycle is happy to announce that The Ahmanson Foundation has generously donated $40,000 to support dating violence prevention.

Lobbying for Good

February 2, 2009
Mary Kay Inc. will work with Break the Cycle to encourage legislators across the United States to propose laws requiring healthy relationship education in schools.

Break the Cycle on E! News

January 9, 2009
Break the Cycle received big media exposure last month as we worked with Mary Kay and Amanda Bynes to promote a petition mandating violence prevention in schools.

Young Professionals Hosting Unmasquerade

December 29, 2008
Break the Cycle Young Professionals are hosting The Unmasquerade, a night of fun, music and masks, featuring unbelievable live entertainment.

Verizon Supports Violence-Prevention Education

December 12, 2008
This year, Verizon generously gave $20,000 to support our domestic violence prevention program.

Petition Promotes Violence Prevention

December 2, 2008
Mary Kay Inc., along with Break the Cycle and Amanda Bynes, is kicking-off a national campaign petitioning to put violence prevention education in schools. Join us at

2007 Annual Report

November 7, 2008
Break the Cycle is pleased to publish our 2007 Annual Report, documenting the year’s accomplishments and milestones.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 24, 2008
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Break the Cycle has launched several initiatives to celebrate.

Break the Cycle Ally Wins UN Public Service Award

October 14, 2008
This year, the international community recognized teen dating violence as a serious problem by awarding the United Nations Public Service Award to longtime Break the Cycle ally, the Juvenile Delinquency Domestic Violence and Family Violence Court of California.

Most Successful Savor the Season Yet

September 22, 2008
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.

Domestic Violence Lowers Test Scores

September 12, 2008
A recent study shows that if one student is experiencing domestic violence, test scores drop for the entire class.

Speaking Out

August 29, 2008
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.

Break the Cycle Attends Mary Kay Seminar

August 15, 2008
Break the Cycle was thrilled to attend Mary Kay’s annual sales-force conference in Dallas. We were greeted by hundreds of Independent Beauty Consultants and were impressed by their compassion, drive and style.

DVD Film Shoot

August 1, 2008
Cameras rolled, lights glared and stories were told as Break the Cycle worked with youth actors, survivors, partners and a production team to create the interactive educational DVD, Ending Violence.

Missing Mother

July 18, 2008
Four months ago, thirteen-year-old Amber Simmons awoke to find her mother, Rachel Conger, missing from their home in Como, Tennessee. Authorities later found the truck Rachel was last seen in and her abusive ex-husband, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, outside of Como.

New York Improves Law

July 4, 2008
In an exciting change of public policy, New York now allows thousands more victims, including teens, to access civil protection orders.

Welcome 2008 Summer Interns!

June 20, 2008
This summer, Break the Cycle is proud to introduce eleven new interns! They come from around the country with the common goal of engaging, educating, and empowering youth to end domestic violence.

Kicking the Silence

June 9, 2008
Break the Cycle’s Washington DC staff rounded up friends and family to participate in the “Kick the Silence” kickball tournament.

Leadership Transition

May 27, 2008
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

May 13, 2008
As part of its global Beauty that Counts™ campaign, Mary Kay is sponsoring Break the Cycle’s groundbreaking Ending Violence DVD.

First Online Campaign Huge Success

May 1, 2008
Break the Cycle’s first online drive, the Brick Campaign, was a huge success! We surpassed our goal, raising more than $3000 and selling out all available bricks.

Congratulations Run/Walkers!

April 21, 2008
On Sunday, April 6, more than 80 friends and supporters of Break the Cycle ran or walked in solidarity at the 4th Annual 5K Run/Walk for Victims’ Rights.

LA Youth Leadership Council Camp

April 14, 2008
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.


April 8, 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.

Break the Cycle Launches First Online Campaign

March 31, 2008
Dating violence harms one out of every three teens in the United States. That number is unacceptable but will not change unless youth have the resources they need to create and maintain healthy relationships. You can help!

Dating Violence Prevalent Among Tweens

March 7, 2008
A recent study, sponsored by Liz Claiborne Inc., found that dating violence is prevalent among tweens, adolescences between the ages of 11 and 14.

Until the Violence Stops

March 3, 2008
It takes a village. In our efforts to end abuse, Break the Cycle needs the community. We are honored to have so many strong, innovative partners, such as Until the Violence Stops: Los Angeles.

Valentine’s Day Our Way

February 14, 2008
February 14th might as well be called national date night. For anyone in a romantic relationship, Valentine’s Day mandates a celebration. But at Break the Cycle, we see Valentine’s Day a bit differently.

State Report Cards on Teen Dating Violence

February 3, 2008
Today, Break the Cycle issued the first-ever state-by-state report cards evaluating the level of legal protection each state offers young victims of domestic and dating violence. The report was issued in conjunction with National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week.

Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Week

January 31, 2008
Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week is February 4-8. In recognition, Break the Cycle is expanding our online content and improving the navigation of both sites. These changes reflect our growing programs and long-standing commitment to ending domestic violence.

Break the Cycle Expands DC Office

January 18, 2008
In 2007, Break the Cycle staff and board collaborated to draft a strategic plan that outlines the organization’s priorities and goals for the coming three years. Among the top priorities was the desire to increase the prominence, size and role of the DC office so that it mirrors the Los Angeles office.

Break the Cycle to Attend NBC Expo

January 4, 2008
Break the Cycle is attending NBC4’s Health and Fitness Expo in Washington, DC on January 12 to 13. Stop by our table to meet the staff, pick up information about teen dating violence and learn how you can get involved in creating a healthier, safer new year.

Awareness and Prevention Week Passes Senate

December 20, 2007
National leaders are stepping up to help address teen dating violence. This week the US Senate unanimously passed a resolution making February 4-8, 2008, “National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week.” Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a long time advocate of dating violence prevention, authored the bill.

Youth Facilitating Dating Violence 101

November 30, 2007
Each person who purchases Dating Violence 101 grows his or her commitment to educating youth about dating violence. Now these leaders can involve youth in their efforts by downloading It’s Their Issue, a step-by-step guide to finding, preparing and conducting a youth-led project using Break the Cycle’s curriculum.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

November 16, 2007
In 2001, October became Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Now an enormous amount of activities takes place each October to help victims of domestic violence. This year, Break the Cycle was once again in the thick of things having one of our busiest Octobers ever.

Thanks for Making Savor the Season a Success

October 15, 2007
Break the Cycle would like to thank everyone who attended this year’s Savor the Season and those involved with making this year’s event a remarkable success! Over 15 restaurants offered beautiful and delectable food to more than 300 wonderful guests at Savor the Season 2007.

Youth Activism & Technology

September 17, 2007
Fall is an exciting time at Break the Cycle; we are busy helping youth activists complete their summer projects and begin new projects for the school year. This year our youth activists raised the bar of innovation by using technology to raise awareness of teen dating violence.

Break the Cycle Finalizes Strategic Plan

August 31, 2007
We are pleased to announce that Break the Cycle has launched a three-year strategic plan. The plan affirms that Break the Cycle’s most vibrant, important and sustainable future lies in building our role as a national advocacy organization.

Thank You Summer Interns

August 1, 2007
Beginning in May through the end of August, Break the Cycle’s offices are filled to capacity with remarkable summer interns. Individually, they are dynamic, thoughtful and smart. As a group, they bring a renewed energy to our work and remind us why we must continue to work to protect the rights and promote the health of young people nationwide.

Verizon Wireless Supports Latino Public Education Campaign

July 6, 2007
We are pleased to recognize the Verizon Wireless West Area Hopeline for their continued support of Break the Cycle’s life-saving work with young people in Los Angeles.

Staying Safe Online

June 22, 2007
The ever-growing popularity of online communities like MySpace and Facebook are raising concerns and eyebrows of parents everywhere, like a California couple whose teenage daughter developed a relationship online with a much older man.

Savor the Season with Break the Cycle this Fall!

June 8, 2007
Break the Cycle is excited to announce our 3rd annual Savor the Season extravaganza. The festivities will take place Sunday, October 7th at the California Science Center in downtown Los Angeles.

Northrop Grumman Supports Preventative Education

May 25, 2007
Northrop Grumman supports Break the Cycle’s work to teach teens that they have a right to safe and healthy relationships.

Tips and Tools for Parents

May 4, 2007
Family Circle magazine’s June 2007 edition courageously tackles the difficult issue of what a parent can do to help a child experiencing dating violence.

Break the Cycle Featured by XM and Lifetime

April 25, 2007
During the month of April, Lifetime Television and Take5 on XM 155, a women’s talk and lifestyle channel, are partnering to stop violence against women.

Latest News: Cries for Help Often Go Unanswered

April 17, 2007
Recent headlines about 22 year-old domestic violence victim, Clara Lee Riddles, (read full story on have sparked a call for action against abusive relationships.

Donor Spotlight: The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

April 2, 2007
Sharing in a commitment to improve the quality of life for residents of the Washington, D.C. area, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation generously awarded $10,000 of general operating support to continue Break the Cycle’s critical work to prevent domestic and dating violence in the District of Columbia.

“Act Now. Choose Respect.” Teen Conference

March 30 & 31, 2007
Break the Cycle, The DC Rape Crisis Center, My Sister’s Place and Women Empowered Against Violence present the 4th Annual City-Wide Teen Dating Violence Conference, “Act Now. Choose Respect” in Washington, DC.

Break the Cycle Launches New Website

January 22, 2007
Thanks to generous funding from the Avon Foundation and Verizon Wireless HopeLine, Break the Cycle proudly launches a new website—seamlessly integrating technology with its mission to end domestic and dating violence.

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