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 »


Washington Examiner article mentions DASH

DASH was mentioned recently in an article from the Washington Examiner about the Yeardley Love case. The focus of the article “Huguely case spurred changes, but campus drinking remains pervasive” is on changes made at college campuses since Love’s murder. Alcohol problems among college students continue to be a problem, which can lead to the kind of dating violence that Love experienced. DASH is mentioned in a small side box titled “Dating abuse can happen anywhere” about how DASH has incorporated the Yeardley Love case in its presentations.

Survivor of teen dating abuse: Ask kids about their relationships

A young woman who was brutally attacked and shot in the face by her ex-boyfriend spoke to a San Francisco conference of health professionals about teen dating abuse. Interviewed by KGO-TV in San Francisco, Johanna Orozco has become a teen educator who advocated for laws to require dating abuse education in Ohio schools. Her message: Ask teens about their relationships. “This is something the whole community, the whole world needs to get together and do something about it and make a change,” says Orozco. See her moving interview at http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/san_francisco&id=8602122.

DASH has a new look!!

Welcome to the newly updated website of Dating Abuse Stops Here! All the facts, resources and articles are still here with new features! The site is easier to navigate. You’ll be able to add your comments and share articles with your friends. We’ll be able to update more often with breaking news and events. Thank you to our friends at Captus Communications, especially Hassan Elhassan, for their help in re-creating our vision.

Warning signs – Threatens You

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. Older articles can be found in our News section.

Our fifth early warning sign of abuse is:

Threatens or Intimidates You

You may think that if your partner threatens you, he/she doesn’t really mean it. You may think that they were acting out in the heat of the moment. It’s only talk. Maybe your partner has never followed through with a threat. Unfortunately, it is only a matter of time before something does happen. Threatening and intimidating you is another form of control.

You certainly know what a threat is, but you may not know what intimidation means. Webster’s online dictionary (www.merriam-webster.com) defines to intimidate as:

to make timid or fearful : frighten; especially : to compel or deter by or as if by threats.

Intimidation forces you to change your behavior, opinions or interests through fear. Fear of losing the abuser’s “love”, fear of pain from physical abuse, fear of harm to your family, friends or pets makes you accept the abuser’s behavior. If a partner is using fear to control you, it isn’t love.

Threats can range from the simple to the deadly serious: I won’t call you; I’ll break up with you; I’ll mess with your car; I’ll hurt your dog; I’ll hurt your family; I’ll kill you. An abuser will not just threaten you or your stuff. Your family, friends, and pets are fair game in an abuser’s mind because an abuser knows that you will do anything to keep your loved ones safe, even at the risk of your own life.