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Witness Reactions to abuse

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Watch the different reactions of passersby when they witness a woman being abused by a man as opposed to a man being abused by a woman. Abuse is abuse no matter the gender or age group.

Click here for the video: #violenceisviolence

DASH at Fairfax County Tier II Training


Wendy Claunch was pleased to present DASH as part of the Fairfax County Office for Women and Domestic and Sexual Violence Services Tier II Training session on teen dating violence. The three-hour session included information on Defining TDV, Early Warning Signs, Lethal Warning Signs, Power and Control Wheel, How Family/Friends Can Help, plus educational videos and engaging exercises. In a group exercise called “Stay or Go” participants were asked to decided whether to stay in or leave a relationship given several scenarios while remembering how they would have reacted as a 16 year old. Over 30 participants are now qualified to present information on teen dating violence to their schools/organizations.

Thanks to Sandy Bromley, Heather Sarmiento (Office for Women) and Kacey Kirkland (Victim Services Section, Fairfax County Police Dept.) for a terrific program!!

DASH Gets Matching Funds from ExxonMobil

DASH was pleased to receive a matching grant of $352 from the ExxonMobil Employees’ Favorite Charities Campaign. The campaign allows employees at the Fairfax, VA offices to choose a charity for contributions. We thank John Stipa for supporting DASH since it’s founding with his ExxonMobil contributions, writing skills and volunteer efforts! This grant will help us in purchasing more brochures and bracelets for distribution to teens in our community.

During the 2013 campaign, ExxonMobil Corporation and its employees contributed a record $2,896,000 to support more than 550 different non-profit organizations.

UK study advises mentoring abusive teens

A study by Manchester University in England has advised that mentoring  and support services are needed for teens at risk of becoming abusers. Professor David Gadd led the three-year study and says: “There are 16, 17, 18-year-old young men who are already committing very lethal forms of domestic violence on a repeat basis.” He also commented that “Young men tend to see domestic abuse as a fight that got out of hand. Many will feel that some of the blame, or all of the blame, is not theirs.”

Professor Gadd recommends a nation-wide system with on-going, one-on-one mentoring to help young men who are at risk of becoming abusers.

The study also recommended that domestic violence prevention be part of school sex and relationship education. The UK government has guaranteed £40 million ($67.7 million) toward DV support services.

Read the article from BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat at http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/24768419