Current statistics say that about 1/3 of the teenagers who go on a date will be abused and of that 1/3, at least 2/3 of them won’t report the incident to anyone. Thus, teen dating violence is an issue that must be dealt with as a silent yet urgent epidemic. Break the Cycle, a national organization which addresses teen dating violence, hopes to empower, educate, and engage the teenagers to build communities and lives which are domestic violence-free. Existing for more than a decade now, Break the Cycle is providing national leadership in working with teenagers to end and prevent dating and domestic violence. The organization is currently providing practical and honest information and help for young adults and teenagers.
Programs include prevention education; legal and help services; public awareness; activism and youth leadership; support and training; and advocacy and policy. Break the Cycle builds relationship skills among the teenagers so that they will have a healthy future. It ensures the safety of young adults and teens who are in danger or at-risk. Aside from that, the organization also works on reducing violence tolerance and increasing public knowledge in communities. It helps in developing teenagers who would be future leaders in ending domestic violence. Break the Cycle also a national program in educating adults who work with teenagers. The organization hopes to transform systems, policies, and laws for the improvement of young adults and teenagers.
- Parents, Start Talking to Teens About Dating and Dating Violence Early (parentingteens.about.com)