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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 »

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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 »

 

New Survey: Over One third are victims of dating abuse

In a new survey presented at a meeting by the American Psychological Association on July, 31, 2013, over one third of responding teens said they had been emotionally, physically or sexually abused by a dating partner. The survey also found that boys (37%) were just as likely to be victims as girls (41% ). The data presented are currently under review for publication in a scientific journal and therefore are not generally considered authoritative until reviewed and published.

According to an article in USA Today:

“In the new nationwide survey, which included 1,058 youths ages 14 to 20, 41% of girls and young women and 37% of boys and young men said they had been victims of dating abuse; 35% of girls and 29% of boys said they had physically, emotionally or sexually abused a partner, according to a news release from the association. Girls were more likely to say they had physically abused their partners; boys were “much more likely” to say they had sexually abused someone, the association says. But it did not provide specific numbers on those differences.

The survey also found that 29% of girls and 24% of guys said they had been both victims and abusers, in the same or different relationships.”

To read the entire USA Today article, click here http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/07/31/teen-dating-violence/2596255/

DASH will publish a link to the entire APA survey as soon as it is published.

The DASH mission to educate teens, their parents and friends on the warning signs of teen dating abuse and healthy relationships is a vital tool in preventing teen dating abuse. If you would like to schedule a presentation at your school or community organization, contact DASH at admin4dash@verizon.net.

Survey: 25% were threatened or harassed using technology

A survey of 5, 647 middle school students in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania by the Journal of Youth and Adolescence shows that more than 25% of those dating said they were harassed or threatened by their partners in texts or through online contact. The report published in February stated that technology was not the cause of teen dating abuse, but it gave access to abusers 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“The technology opens up a wide avenue for someone who wants to be abusive toward their partner,” said Janine Zweig, lead author and researcher at the Urban Institute. “It’s another tool abusers can use to be relentless.”

“The survey is important in that it provides hard data to confirm what we already know — that domestic violence and dating violence occur where we live our lives,” said Cindy Southworth, founder of the Safety Net Project on technology at the National Network to End Domestic Violence. “These days, the digital world is our real world, and for teens even more so.”

Read the Washington Post article at http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/study-finds-teenagers-in-relationships-are-threatened-online-or-in-texts/2013/02/21/df1931b8-7c2b-11e2-9a75-dab0201670da_story.html.

Chantilly-Centreville Rotary Club Hosts DASH

Thank you to the Chantilly-Centreville Rotary Club for inviting DASH as their guest speakers this morning. We were happy to have Siobhan’s Dad tell the club about DASH and to have her Mum present to answer questions. Well done, Andy and Lynne!!

Alternative House hosts DASH presentation

A special thank you to the staff and terrific young women of Alternative House, Homeless Youth Initiative and Assisting Young Mothers programs for hosting a DASH presentation. Founded in 1972, Alternative House gives homeless, at-risk youth and new families a safe, neighborhood-based environment in which to learn and grow. We are so pleased to be associated with these wonderful programs that help young women realize their potential in challenging circumstances.  

To learn more about Alternative House and its programs, click here!