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Facts

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 »

 

New study shows dating abuse prevention programs are effective in NYC middle schools

A scientific study on the effectiveness of dating violence prevention programs was conducted in 30 New York City middle schools, involving over 2,500 students. Of these students, 20% identified as having been in an abusive dating relationship. The study, Shifting Boundaries: Final Report on an Experimental Evaluation of a Youth Dating Violence Prevention Program in New York City Middle Schools was funded by the National Institute of Justice and the Office of Safe and Drug-free Schools, US Department of Education.

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.

Join DASH, The White House, state legislatures and national domestic violence prevention websites in spreading the word on how to recognize and prevent teen dating violence.

Read the President Obama’s proclamation from the White House. 

Woodson High School

The senior class of Woodson High School was riveted by the DVD of Siobhan’s Story when Wendy Claunch presented DASH on January 27th, 2012. A badly-timed fire alarm interrupted the session, forcing an abbreviated message.  However, the students were receptive to the early warning signs of teen dating abuse and Wendy hopes to return to Woodson in the near future to give the students the full presentation.

Madison High School

On December 9, 2011, Wendy Claunch (DASH) and Heather Sarmiento (Fairfax County Office for Women and Domestic & Sexual Violence) were invited to speak by Madison High School in Vienna, Virginia. Two separate presentations were made—one to the boys and one to the girls of the senior class, both groups, totaling 460 students watched Lynne and Andy Russell tell Siobhan’s story in a newly produced video. Wendy and Heather then spoke about the early warning signs of teen dating abuse as well as tips on how to help a friend who may be in an abusive relationship.