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 »


DASH Gets Matching Funds from ExxonMobil

DASH was pleased to receive a matching grant of $352 from the ExxonMobil Employees’ Favorite Charities Campaign. The campaign allows employees at the Fairfax, VA offices to choose a charity for contributions. We thank John Stipa for supporting DASH since it’s founding with his ExxonMobil contributions, writing skills and volunteer efforts! This grant will help us in purchasing more brochures and bracelets for distribution to teens in our community.

During the 2013 campaign, ExxonMobil Corporation and its employees contributed a record $2,896,000 to support more than 550 different non-profit organizations.

UK study advises mentoring abusive teens

A study by Manchester University in England has advised that mentoring  and support services are needed for teens at risk of becoming abusers. Professor David Gadd led the three-year study and says: “There are 16, 17, 18-year-old young men who are already committing very lethal forms of domestic violence on a repeat basis.” He also commented that “Young men tend to see domestic abuse as a fight that got out of hand. Many will feel that some of the blame, or all of the blame, is not theirs.”

Professor Gadd recommends a nation-wide system with on-going, one-on-one mentoring to help young men who are at risk of becoming abusers.

The study also recommended that domestic violence prevention be part of school sex and relationship education. The UK government has guaranteed £40 million ($67.7 million) toward DV support services.

Read the article from BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat at http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/24768419

DASH at Alexandria Hospital Cares Day

Wendy Claunch was the guest speaker at the INOVA Alexandria Hospital Cares About Domestic Violence Awareness Day. The event is held every year during October in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention month. The staff and nursing students were eager to learn more about Shev’s story and how they, as the first line in health care, can intervene in teen dating violence cases. An active question and answer session followed the presentation. Thank you to Debra Evans, Maria Leathers and Karen Bune for inviting DASH to the event.

Remembering Siobhan


We take a moment today to remember our dear Siobhan on her 24th birthday. All we do, we do for you….