Valerie Claunch, Melissa Howell, and Patrick Linnehan teamed up for their 10th grade English class impact project by holding bake sale with proceeds donated to DASH. They spent Saturday, May 28, 2011 in front of the Franklin Farm Giant grocery store handing out brochures and selling their homemade goodies for donations. Valerie explained, “After the project was finished, I realized how many people are unaware of what dating abuse is. For example, we asked one lady to take a flyer and she said she was too old to date, not getting the idea of what D.A.S.H. was all about.
DASH-ing through the snow… it’s the time of year when the joys and cheer of the holidays are upon us. But for those in abusive dating relationships, the holidays can mean fear, pain and danger. Although not faced with the same stress as adults, even teens can feel the pressures of the season. Any kind of stress can cause abusive partners to escalate their abuse. Stressors include tension in the family, money problems, depression and drinking.
Thank you to all our DASH friends who came to our fundraiser at the Buffalo Wing Factory to help us commemorate Siobhan’s birthday and the first anniversary of Dating Abuse Stops Here. Your support for us keeps Siobhan’s memory alive and inspires us tremendously.
K-9 Krawl, 2nd Annual Event held October 15, 2011 is a 5k dog walk to raise awareness about the link between domestic abuse and animal cruelty. Held during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the walk was sponsored by the (FCPD) Victim Services Section and Fairfax County Police Department.
On Tuesday, February 22nd, Lynne Russell and her nephew John Murray were guest speakers on Lyn Twyman’s Courage Empowerment Forum (Party934 Radio). Courage Empowerment Forum is a program that features guests discussing real stories and resources for those affected by domestic violence, crime victimization and other social issues. The show’s guests come from various backgrounds and share their stories in an effort to inspire and support those dealing with tough, personal issues in their day to day lives. click here to hear Lynne and John’s interview.