To engage, educate, and empower youth to build lives and communities free from domestic violence.
About the Organization:
Break the Cycle works to provide domestic violence education resources to youth between the ages of 12 and 24 and teaches youth about healthy relationships, the warning signs of abuse, and their legal rights and responsibilities. The organization also encourages youth activism and advocates for effective laws and policies that equip young people with the support they need to prevent, diagnose, and escape harmful relationships.
Break the Cycle provides prevention education to young people through [Ending Violence], a DVD-based learning tool; safespace.org; in-person education; and service learning. The organization also advocates for policy change, provides training and support for adults who work with youth in various professional fields, and offers legal services to victims of dating violence in Washington, D.C.
Designed for young adults, thesafespace.org includes basic information about domestic violence, including the different types of abuse; legal information to help visitors to the site learn about their rights; resources in Spanish; and quizzes to help users evaluate their personal relationships. Middle and high school staff, youth service providers, and domestic violence agencies can find resources and tools through RespectWorks. In addition, the Break the Cycle Web site features State Law Report Cards on all fifty states and the District of Columbia; resources and training tools for educators, parents, policy makers, and activists; more information about the organization's HOPE membership program, and videos via YouTube.
Break the Cycle is supported by foundations and individuals.