Breaking the Cycle focuses on interrupting the cycle of violence by providing support and recovery for abused children and those who have witnessed violence. It addresses the generational cycle of family violence. Children are growing up in a culture that promotes and accepts violent behavior. They are bombarded with violent images daily. This constant exposure to violence underscores the prevalent social message that violence is an acceptable way to resolve relationship problems. Children that grow up witnessing or experiencing violence in their families are often not taught how to counteract the powerful culture of violence messages. These children become at risk for perpetuating the violence in their relationships during and after school, at home and at play. They bully, assault schoolmates and attack dates. Breaking the Cycle helps children develop and use nonviolent coping skills in their relationships with schoolmates, friends, dating partners and family members. The focus is 6-8th grade students ages 11-14 who are receiving no violence prevention education. These students are just beginning to explore personal relationships and develop habits that they will continue to use in more mature relationships. Students must be reached prior to high school. This project is based on the Building Healthy Relationships curriculum developed by Avalon Center. The innovative school-based intervention system enables at risk students to participate in educational support groups at school. The key is support from their peers and a trained facilitator and education through group dynamic activities to help the students overcome traumatic experiences resulting from exposure to violence. The structured intervention helps youth heal from abuse, build self-esteem, reduce quilt, and learn positive non-violent problem solving skills. Avalon Center developed the curriculum, works with partners to identify at risk youth, delivers the intervention, and provides follow up and evaluation.