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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 »


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We’ve added a new way to donate to DASH! Just shop at AmazonSmile.com and they will contribute .5% of your purchase price to DASH! It’s so easy to help us continue our important work educating teens, their parents and friends about teen dating abuse.

From the AmazonSmile website: AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.
Your Amazon.com and AmazonSmile.com accounts are exactly the same including account settings, payment options, wish lists, and shopping cart. To start shopping AmazonSmile eligible products and support DASH, click the link!  https://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-2708238

Norwegian study links sexting and teen dating violence


A new study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Public Health shows a link between teens in relationships who “sext” and an increased rate of dating violence. Of 1000 Norwegian teens (ages 14-17) surveyed, 549 indicated they were in a romantic relationship. A third of these teens reported having sent sexually explicit messages and photos. The survey found that those teens who sent “sext” messages were 4 times more likely to suffer physical violence such as pushing, shoving, strangulation or being beaten with a hard object.

Lead author Per Hellivek said “there is a bigger chance of becoming a victim of intimate partner violence if you send messages with sexual content.”

The study also noted that more than 40 percent of the teens in relationships said they had experienced dating violence whether or not they had sexted a partner.

The study concluded that sexting itself does not cause violence, but other issues such as experiencing violence at home may be a contributing factor to teen dating violence.

“We wouldn’t let teenagers hang around in the streets all day without knowing what they are up to or who they were with,” said Hellevik.

“In the same way, they shouldn’t be allowed to hang around online on their own.”

Click to read more about this study http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-08-teens-sext-violence.html

Remembering Siobhan

(Image by Crystal Ann Garland)

You are always in our thoughts and in everything we do. Your legacy lives with DASH. In loving memory of Siobhan Louise Russell – October 16, 1989 – April 12, 2009.

(Image by Crystal Ann Garland)

President Obama signs proclamation

On January 29, 2016, President Obama signed a proclamation declaring February 2016 as National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention month. You can help make a difference by sharing the DASH website and Facebook page with family, friends, teachers, counselors and schools. Together we can help teens recognize the signs of teen dating abuse and learn what makes a healthy relationship. This month and throughout the coming year let’s let everyone know that Dating Abuse Stops Here.

Click here to read the proclamation.