Dean & St. Mary's Team Up with DAIS to Launch New Program
Texting Help Line increases access to DAIS services
Nearly 1 in 3 teens who have been in relationships have experienced dating violence. However, it is known that most teens that need help are not reaching out.
Thanks to the support of Dean & St. Mary’s, DAIS (Domestic Abuse Intervention Services) rolled out the first domestic violence Texting Help Line in Dane County that will allow teens to reach out to a trusted and safe source for the support they need through this free and confidential service. Through this Texting Help Line, teens will be guided in safety planning, provided with information about other services that are available and most importantly receive support.
Victims, survivors and the community can access DAIS’ free and confidential services by texting “HOPE” to 20121.
“Dean & St. Mary’s are proud to partner with DAIS to make the Help Line available,” says Dean Clinic President/CEO Dr. Stew Watson. “It is not an easy subject to talk about, but we know teenage dating violence happens, and when it does, teens are often afraid to talk about it. The Texting Helpline is one more support option for teens and we hope that having the ability to text rather than making a phone call will be more comfortable for some teens.”
The Texting Help Line supports more than a teen audience but the primary purpose is to increase access to services for those experiencing teen dating violence. DAIS believes the Texting Help Line will be a resource for anyone who needs support.
“The Texting Help Line will provide an additional point of access for teens to get help, ultimately decreasing their isolation and increasing access to the support they need,” said Shannon Barry, DAIS Executive Director.