Author Archives: Wendy Claunch

DASH at Dulles 5K walk – February 9, 2014

Screenshot 2014-01-22 at 12.08.37 PM

We’re happy to announce our 4th annual 5K mall walk – DASH at Dulles!! Please join us February 9, 2014, for a fun morning of friendship and support to remember Siobhan during Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention month!

Registration – 8:30-9:00 am  $15 (on the day- cash or check only)
Walk – 9:00-10:00 am

Dulles Town Center Mall
21100 Dulles Town Circle
Dulles, VA 20166
Pre-register for only $12.50 by Paypal or credit card on our Donate page. Select the Donate button and add DASH at Dulles in the special instructions to the seller section. All proceeds benefit DASH and its ongoing efforts to educate teens, their parents and friends about teen dating violence.
For more information see our flyer Dash_Dulles_2014
Also, please consider bringing a used cell phone to donate as an additional fundraiser for DASH!
Special thanks to Dulles Town Center Mall and the Dulles Daybreak Dashers mall walking group for sponsoring us.


Winter Break – an opportunity for parents

This winter break is an opportunity for parents to reconnect with their teens and start a conversation about healthy and unhealthy relationships. Even if your teen isn’t dating it’s a good idea to start giving guidance on the subject. Your teen may have concerns about a friend’s relationship or be influenced by abusive behavior they’ve seen.  Opening the discussion is an important first step. Your teen may not have a lot to say about what is going on in his/her relationship, but they will be listening even if they hide it well!

It may sound hokey or old fashioned, but opportunities (“teachable moments”) abound for parents to talk to teens. It only takes a moment to share a story, ask a question or mention a new item you’ve seen. Don’t get worked up on how to begin just go ahead and take the moment:

  • at breakfast, lunch or dinner
  • while making holiday treats
  • while watching TV (particularly a news story or if dating violence is portrayed)
  • while traveling or waiting in traffic
  • while decorating the tree
  • while taking time to relax
  • while taking a walk
  • at any moment that seems suitable

Teens who aren’t in a relationship need to know what makes a healthy relationship. The influences of music, movies and television often give teens a false picture of what is acceptable behavior for couples. Your teen probably knows of friends who have relationships that they are concerned about or that they’ve noticed just aren’t working well. Check out our information on Defining a Healthy Relationship. Teaching your teen about what is healthy in a relationship now can help prevent problems later.

DASH at Alexandria Hospital Cares Day

Wendy Claunch was the guest speaker at the INOVA Alexandria Hospital Cares About Domestic Violence Awareness Day. The event is held every year during October in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention month. The staff and nursing students were eager to learn more about Shev’s story and how they, as the first line in health care, can intervene in teen dating violence cases. An active question and answer session followed the presentation. Thank you to Debra Evans, Maria Leathers and Karen Bune for inviting DASH to the event.

Remembering Siobhan


We take a moment today to remember our dear Siobhan on her 24th birthday. All we do, we do for you….