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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 »

 

Fund Raisers

  • Flippin’ Pizza of Chantilly hosted us and contributed 50% of their proceeds to DASH. Delicious pizza, good friends and loving memories of Siobhan.
  • Bake Sale held by Chantilly High School students Valerie Claunch, Melissa Howell and Patrick Linnehan as their impact project. They raised over $300 selling their delicious baked goods.
  •  DASH DAY at Chantilly High School held by Chantilly High School students Kelly Stofko and Caroline Herodet as their impact project. The girls put up posters and set-up an information table all about DASH.

Recently DASH asked: What would be a unique way to raise awareness of teen dating abuse in your community?

The best answer, and action, came from Kim Crisp and all the employees at GTSI, VA. To raise awareness and much needed funds for DASH, a “Dress Down Friday” took place on February 4, 2011. What a great idea to get everyone involved. A huge thank you to everyone who participated, and made the statement “Dating Abuse Stops Here”.

Lessons Learned: Highlights of a Break the Cycle presentation

On a rainy evening in October, adults, teens, and parents from a wide spectrum of the Fairfax community gathered to commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Tonya Turner, Senior Staff Attorney at Breakthecycle.org presented a program on teen dating abuse Sponsored by the Fairfax County Office for Women, Domestic and Sexual Violence Services. The compelling evening began with a moving speech by DASH mom, Lynne Russell. The program was dedicated to our own Siobhan.

Chantilly High School Leads the Way

On Wednesday, February 9, 2011, 600 seniors at Chantilly High School, VA took an emotional journey through the life of Siobhan Louise Russell. Siobhan’s story was shared by her mother Lynne. Then, Siobhan’s first cousin, John Murray (18) took the audience through the warning signs of teen dating abuse, and gave some invaluable advice to his peers.

Lee High School

Andrew Russell and Wendy Claunch spoke to the seniors of Lee High School before their graduation rehearsal. The students were receptive to the message that Dating Abuse Stops Here: it stops with me, I will not perpetuate it, I will not tolerate it and I will speak up if I see it happening.