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Warning signs – Threatens You

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. Older articles can be found in our News section.

Our fifth early warning sign of abuse is:

Threatens or Intimidates You

You may think that if your partner threatens you, he/she doesn’t really mean it. You may think that they were acting out in the heat of the moment. It’s only talk. Maybe your partner has never followed through with a threat. Unfortunately, it is only a matter of time before something does happen. Threatening and intimidating you is another form of control.

You certainly know what a threat is, but you may not know what intimidation means. Webster’s online dictionary (www.merriam-webster.com) defines to intimidate as:

to make timid or fearful : frighten; especially : to compel or deter by or as if by threats.

Intimidation forces you to change your behavior, opinions or interests through fear. Fear of losing the abuser’s “love”, fear of pain from physical abuse, fear of harm to your family, friends or pets makes you accept the abuser’s behavior. If a partner is using fear to control you, it isn’t love.

Threats can range from the simple to the deadly serious: I won’t call you; I’ll break up with you; I’ll mess with your car; I’ll hurt your dog; I’ll hurt your family; I’ll kill you. An abuser will not just threaten you or your stuff. Your family, friends, and pets are fair game in an abuser’s mind because an abuser knows that you will do anything to keep your loved ones safe, even at the risk of your own life.

Day one NY Fact or Fiction PSA

Day One NY, is New York City’s only organization dedicated to educating and advocating for young people at risk of or experiencing dating violence. We applaud their efforts! Day One has created several public service announcements on teen dating abuse. Watch the most recent example Fact or Fiction: Anyone Can Experience Dating Violence

DASH at Dulles 5k a Rousing Success

We’d like to thank everyone who supported us during the DASH at Dulles 5k Mall Walk. Forty-five walkers came in from the cold and helped us raise over $600 for DASH. Special thanks to the Dulles Town Center, Dulles Dashers walking group and Dan Cook (Director of Retail Marketing) for their help in making our second annual walk a rousing success!

Chantilly Seniors Hear Siobhan’s Story

In separate presentations, the senior boys and girls of Chantilly High School heard Lynne Russell tell the heart-breaking story of Siobhan with the video “Siobhan’s Story”.  Following the video, Lynne spoke about how she missed the warning signs that Siobhan’s relationship was abusive and how DASH was created to educate teens about the dangers of teen dating abuse. Wendy Claunch followed by highlighting the early warning signs and how to recognize when a relationship is abusive. We are so happy that the class of 2012 was attentive to the DASH message.