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 »

For Guys

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 »


Knock Out Abuse Gala

Terry Barlow (connector extraordinaire) and Wendy Claunch were privileged to be the guests of Shak Hill and the Allstate Foundation at the 19th Annual Knock Out Abuse Gala.  A fabulous event that brought over 700 women together to benefit victims of domestic violence, we were excited to share DASH with several inspiring women including co-founder, Jill Sorenson. Thank you, Shak (www.AllstateAgencies.com/Shak) for your support of DASH and for the invitation to a night we won’t forget!

Check out the great work that Knock Out Abuse www.knockoutabuse.org and the Allstate Foundation www.allstatefoundation.org both do to combat domestic violence.

DASH says Thank You!

A sincere thank you to all our DASH bakers and volunteers who made our bake sale weekends a success! We couldn’t have done it without you and we appreciate your continued support.

Donuts for DASH – again!

Once again, we’re hosting a Donuts for DASH event to raise awareness and funds for our work. Come visit us this Saturday, October 27, 2012 at the Franklin Farm Giant for a bake sale! Bring your appetite, talk to our teen ambassadors about DASH and help us combat teen dating abuse in our community.

When: October 27, 2012 11am-3pm

Where: Franklin Farm Giant, 13330 Franklin Farm Rd., Herndon, VA 20171


Warning Signs – Negative Emotions

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.

Our tenth early warning sign of teen dating abuse is:

Has trouble controlling negative emotions.

As all the other signs we’ve highlighted build on one another they add up to this final early warning sign.   Anger, frustration, sadness, and jealousy are all normal emotions. How a person reacts to these emotions is important in determining if they are out of control. Most of us know how to calm ourselves down if we become angry or frustrated without resorting to violence. We may yell or stomp around, but we don’t hit someone or try to injure someone by throwing things. We may walk away from the situation or change the conversation to help diffuse the emotions.  A person who cannot control his/her emotions, especially emotions that arise from anger, jealousy or fear, may lash out in response. If you are dating someone who reacts negatively to even the slightest emotional upset you become the target for your partner’s anger even if you aren’t involved.