Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance — United States, 2003.
Social media has “added a level of stress that, we, as adults, haven’t had to deal with and we really need to make sure that young people understand that and set boundaries around their digital lives,” said Ferrer. Brittny Henderson of Burlington Wis., came face-to face with dating abuse her freshmen year in high school.
According to Love is Respect.org, dating abuse is a pattern of destructive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner. “It all happened so slowly,” Brittny explained of the increasingly aggressive and controlling behavior her once goofy, fun boyfriend started exhibiting.
Watch the video above and below to hear from the students.
Boston Public Health Commission Executive Director Barbara Ferrer talks to “48 Hours” about what parents need to know about teen dating abuse, the impact of social media, and the importance of healthy dating relationships. “Everybody’s electronically communicating about it. And what it tends to do is exacerbate the entirety of the situation.
The Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund was created by her parents.
It’s mission is to promote dynamic educational programs, particularly those in the areas of the development of healthy teen relationships, the arts and community service.
“Physical Dating Violence Among High School Students – United States,” Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, May 19, 2006, Vol.
 Break the Cycle 2009 State-by-State Teen Dating Violence Report Cards.
Created from tragedy, Dating Abuse Stops Here, or DASH, was created to inspire and inform a community.