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Katie Couric Show focuses on dating violence

Katie Couric’s new ABC afternoon talk show focused on dating violence today and featured a moving interview with Yeardley Love’s mother and sister.  The show highlighted some of the warning signs of dating violence, survivor Quasona Cobb’s story, and expert advice on how to end an abusive relationship.

Follow this link to Katie’s website: http://www.katiecouric.com/on-the-show/2012/09/20/sharon-lexie-love-and-dating-violence/

Be sure to scroll down to the Join the Conversation area to see a special comment from Lynne Russell on behalf of Siobhan and DASH!

Warning Sign – Threatens Others

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.

The ninth sign of teen dating abuse is:

Threatens Others Regularly

This early warning sign is simply an extension of the other early warning signs we’ve featured.  If a person is willing to threaten others regularly, whether or not they actually follow through with any actions, that person is just as likely to threaten you. We can’t say it enough: a partner who threatens others will eventually threaten you!

As in our other warning signs, watch for the pattern. An occasional outburst is probably normal. Everyone gets frustrated by others and may wish that they could get back at the person.  Threats toward others (or you) need not be physical. Threatening to expose a “secret” or an embarrassing situation via social media is still a threat. If this behavior is constant in your partner, you will need to take a hard look at your relationship.

Boston health officials teach teens how to break-up

The most violent time in a teen dating relationship is during the days and weeks after a break-up. Counselors in Boston, with the aid of a nationwide program called Start Smart, addressed the problem of breaking up in a “Break-Up Summit” to 250 high schoolers.

July 27, 2012

(AP) BOSTON – Andrew Curtin said it happened at least twice at his Boston-area high school in the last year. Angry about a breakup, a boy ended up at the school nurse’s office with a broken hand after punching a locker or a wall.

“You don’t think about when you see two people walking down the hall, ‘Are they in a bad relationship or is it good?'” the 17-year-old Waltham High School senior said Thursday.

But he was among about 250 teenagers doing a lot of thinking about healthy relationships at a seminar at Simmons College on Thursday. And the dating advice was coming from an unlikely source: city government officials.

Boston’s Public Health Commission partnered with local social service agencies to put on its third annual “Break-Up Summit” for teens as part of a $1 million, four-year grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Nationwide, the $18 million program known as Start Strong is aimed at teaching teens in 11 cities to prevent dating violence. Counselors in Boston on Thursday focused on teaching teens to end relationships in ways that don’t spark negative behavior like cheating, public humiliation, or worse.

Read the rest of the article at http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-57481445-10391704/boston-health-officials-teach-teens-how-to-break-up/

Justice for Yeardley! Huguely Sentenced

After more than two years, Yeardley Love’s family will see justice served. George Huguely was sentence today to 23 years in prison for the murder of the University of Virginia student in 2010. The jury had recommended 26 years while Huguely’s defense team requested only 14 years.

Read the Washington Post’s coverage of the story at http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/george-huguely-sentencing/2012/08/30/517821a4-f2b8-11e1-adc6-87dfa8eff430_story.html