Break the Cycle believes teen victims of dating violence deserve the same legal protections that adult victims of domestic abuse receive. Young victims should have access to the legal system and other sensitive services needed to ensure their safety.
Unfortunately, teens often face overwhelming obstacles to these basic legal protections, many of which are written into their states' laws.
To call attention to this critical situation, Break the Cycle created the State Law Report Cards. The Report Cards survey the civil domestic violence protection order laws of all fifty states and the District of Columbia, assessing their impact on teens seeking protection from abusive relationships.