Break the Cycle was founded in Los Angeles, California in 1996. While there were a lot of services for children experiencing abuse by adults and for adults in peer-to-peer abusive relationships, there was a gap in services for young people experiencing abuse in dating relationships. We began to fill that gap by creating youth-specific violence prevention education and providing legal services for young people. In 2004, Break the Cycle expanded nationally in response to the need for dating abuse services and programs. Break the Cycle now has staff in Los Angeles, California and the District of Columbia, along with partners, volunteers, and supporters across the nation.
Our philosophy centers on these believes:
-Everyone has a right to a safe and healthy relationship, regardless of gender, ethnicity or sexual identity. We work every day to make that right a reality.
-Practitioners, community organizers, advocates and funders agree that prevention through youth engagement and leadership development is a key strategy for change.
-Youth have the knowledge and power to make the changes they want in their lives.
-Collaborations and key community relationships are essential for success and market scale.
-Both online AND offline space is essential for connection and synergy.
-Youth have lots to say—they are experts on their own lives. They have resilience, commitment and strength.
-Our role is to amplify individual voices into collective leadership and power for change.
Break the Cycle inspires and supports young people, ages 12 to 24, to build healthy relationships and create a culture without abuse. We are a national culturally affirming organization that centers young people, caring adults and communities in our prevention and intervention efforts. Our dynamic and diverse team believes that all young people deserve to live in a world where they can thrive.
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P.O. Box 811334, Los Angeles, CA 90081
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