The National Runaway Safeline recognizes a nonprofit organization every month for their work and dedication.

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The National Runaway Safeline (NRS) is pleased to announce October’s organization of the month, Break the Cycle. Break the Cycle is the leading national nonprofit organization providing comprehensive dating abuse programs exclusively to young people ages 12 to 24. From the classroom to the courtroom to the floor of Congress, they work every day to give young people, and those who care about them, the tools they need to live safer, healthier lives. In addition to their core programs, Break the Cycle, in partnership with the National Domestic Violence Hotline, is also behind loveisrespect.org, which offers hotline, online, and text services to young people experiencing dating violence or who may have questions about dating violence and healthy relationships. Their goal, across all of their programs, is ultimately to inspire and support young people to build healthy relationships and create a culture without abuse.

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. They began to fill that gap by creating teen-specific violence prevention education and providing legal services for youth. 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.

In addition to the work they do specific to dating abuse, as a National Runaway Prevention Month national partner, Break the Cycle is also a wonderful advocate for better serving at-risk youth in general. To learn more about Break the Cycle visit www.breakthecycle.org/

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