What is Breaking Silence?
Breaking Silence is a Project Safe initiative that helps teens recognize and avoid unhealthy relationships by encouraging them to speak out and get help when needed. Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year. The Breaking Silence Textline provides support, information & referral sources, and counseling or outreach assistance. You can also receive guidance on how to support friends or loved ones.
Breaking Silence Services
The Breaking Silence Textline is operated by Project Safe’s trained interns and overseen by two Textline Managers. Breaking Silence utilizes this near peer approach in hopes that teens and young adults will more easily open up about their experiences to someone closer to their own age. In 2016, the Textline was able to begin expanding with help from Georgia Tech’s Institute for People and Technology through funding offered by the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. Since 2017, the Textline has been able to provide confidential support, information & referral to teens throughout the state of Georgia. It’s confidential and available 24/7!
Breaking Silence Education
In addition to providing a safe place for teens and young adults to get help and resources, Breaking Silence also provides presentations to teens and young adults in middle school, high school and college and we are always looking for collaborations with community partners. If you are interested in bringing a Breaking Silence presentation to your school, group, or organization, please call the Project Safe business line at 706-549-0922! Follow us on social media to learn more about this initiative and the dynamics of abusive relationships. Follow the Breaking Silence Facebook page here. Follow us on Instagram @brkingsilence ! To watch our summary video, click here.
Breaking Silence History
Breaking Silence is a Project Safe initiative that was created in 2012 to help teens understand the dynamic of healthy, unhealthy and abusive dating relationships through the Breaking Silence Textline and our education and prevention programs. Everyone deserves a safe and caring relationship, free from abuse, yet nearly 1.5 MILLION high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year. In fact, nearly 1 in 3 teens experience dating violence during their teen years. Women and girls between the ages of 16-24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence. Breaking Silence wants to change this.