Teen dating violence is an epidemic, and a silent one at that: though one in three American teens will experience dating abuse, nearly two-thirds will never report it. Break the Cycle works to prevent violence among youth ages 12 to 24 – and empower teens to diagnose, escape, and prevent unhealthy relationships. Staff attorneys provide free legal services to youth experiencing dating violence; they also train local professionals – police officers, nurses, university officials – to better serve and protect young survivors. Meanwhile, an innovative online and school-based curriculum helps youth strengthen their prevention skills and educate their communities. With help from Break the Cycle, 36,000 young people have escaped abusive relationships. As one young woman explained: “Leaving him was not enough. I needed Break the Cycle’s help to truly be safe.” Your help is welcome too.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; DC-Ward 1; DC-Ward 2; DC-Ward 3; DC-Ward 4; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49)

Population(s) Served: Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students; Gays/Lesbians; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

Awards & Recognition

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Budget (FY2014)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Break the Cycle is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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