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Facts

You may have the perfect relationship. But probably someone you know doesn’t. Check out the real facts of teen dating abuse here. Read More »

Warning Signs

Abuse escalates. Know the signs from early warnings to the lethal threats. It could save a life. Read More »

For Parents

DASH is for Parents: Articles and resources designed to keep you up to date with your teen, to keep you tech savvy, and to help you stay involved. Read More »

For Friends

DASH is for friends! Do you suspect your friend is in an abusive relationship. You CAN help. Read More »

For Guys

DASH is for guys. Be part of the solution. Get the facts and be a great role model for the people in YOUR life. Read More »

 

DANCE-A-PALOOZA FOR LOUDON ABUSED WOMEN’S SHELTER (LAWS)

Get your dancing shoes on and support Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS) at Loudoun’s BIGGEST DANCE PARTY on Friday, March 23rd! All details can be found here:

Dance-A-Palooza (Sponsor) – Loudoun’s Biggest Dance Party for Charity – Sponsor Info (1)

Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS): 703-777-6552 LAWS provides a full array of free, confidential comprehensive services to adult and child victims of domestic and sexual violence. Besides providing emergency shelter, LAWS also delivers assistance to victims at their Community Services Center where we provide counseling, legal services, support groups, parenting classes, advocacy, and community outreach. LAWS also operates a thrift store in downtown Leesburg, VA called The Resourceful Woman and runs the Loudoun Child Advocacy Center. The Center is a public/private partnership among Loudoun County agencies and organizations dedicated to child victims of abuse and/or neglect.Events like Dance-a-Palooza help support the many programs and services offered by LAWS.

“At LAWS we seek to empower victims of domestic and sexual violence so that they may live lives free from fear, anxiety, and danger. All of our services are confidential and free of charge. On average, we provide direct services to over 1,000 adult and child victims of domestic and sexual violence each year.”

IZZIE MILLA FUNDRAISER

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In deference to Domestic Violence Awareness month, and Siobhan’s birth month, the Izzie Milla store on Etsy (personalised phone cases), created by Siobhan’s mom, is donating proceeds from all sales to DASH. In addition, for each item ordered you will receive a DASH bracelet. Izzie Milla has an exciting range of personalised phone cases. Check out the store here:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/IzzieMilla?ref=seller-platform-mcnav

Just write “Remembering Siobhan” in the note to seller.

 

Remembering Siobhan

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Please take a moment to remember our beloved Siobhan and her family on her 8th angelversary, April 12, 2009. Share DASH and Shev’s story with family and friends to help her legacy continue. “If one person is saved from a similar situation then the loss of Siobhan would not have been totally in vain.” – Andrew Russell.

Warning Signs – Insults You, Calls You Names

NOTE: We are re-posting this article on Warning Signs – Insults You/Calls You Names to allow you to read some of the excellent comments we’ve received from those who are or have been in an abusive relationship. Please be aware that these comments are for informational purposes only; we cannot verify the validity of each individual comment. If you need help, please contact a professional organization such as loveisrespect.org at 1-866-331-9474.

DASH’s early warning signs are meant to guide you in determining whether your relationship is healthy. In this series of articles, we will explore each warning sign in more depth so that you will have a better idea about what each sign means and if you need to address a problem in your relationship. Our second early warning sign of abuse is:

Insults you, calls you names

This may seem like an obvious warning sign. No one likes to be called names, even when it’s innocent teasing by friends. The increased awareness of bullying behavior has brought this warning sign more attention. The old rhyme “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me” certainly isn’t true. Names, particularly if they are hurled at you by someone who claims to love you, can be terribly painful. If people you don’t really care about call you names, it may not be as upsetting. If that person is your boyfriend or girlfriend it becomes a whole different story. As in the first warning sign calling names is about control and humiliation.