Back by popular demand, ABC Action News proudly present The Yellow Dress experience!

     Since 1995, more than half a million young people and adults have witnessed the power of The Yellow Dress stage play. This is a dramatic, one-woman play inspired by the stories of young women victimized by dating violence. Audiences are clearly moved as the actress playing the role of “Anna” warmly tells us about her high school sweetheart. The relationship that begins as young love - full of passion and promise —quickly changes into an unhealthy relationship and ultimately, for Anna, a deadly one. The stage play is followed by a question & answer session with trained advocates. The 1 hour program has been created in such a way to stimulate a thought-provoking discussion about relationships, in a safe setting where teens are open to learning. The Q & A has been carefully constructed by Deana’s Educational Theater, which provides local advocates with guides and resource materials to use.  Students and adults recognize the early warning signs of dating abuse/DV; learn how to help friends/family members who are victims or perpetrators of abuse; understand the cycle of abuse; and learn how to access local community resources. The play itself was written by Deborah Lake Fortson and originally produced by Sydney Patten.

     Deana’s Educational Theater, based in the New England area, works with a select group of non-profit organizations nationwide for limited presentations of The Yellow Dress play. In Florida, Deana’s Educational Theater works directly with Heartland for Children, serving Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties. ABC Action News first presented the Yellow Dress play to the general public on October 1, 2013, during a free community event at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. In 2015, we are bringing the play back by popular demand! After receiving tremendous feedback from viewers of our Taking Action Against Domestic Violence campaign and 1-hour special, we are expanding that “Yellow Dress experience”! ABC Action News will host free community events , in partnership with the Allstate Foundation and our local community partners at Heartland for Children, USF Sarasota-Manatee, USF Tampa, USF St. Petersburg and Florida Southern College in Lakeland. The entire community is invited. Admission is free, but space is limited. Tickets are required. To submit your request, visit and click on The Yellow Dress play you are interested in attending. Parental guidance: the play is not recommended for children below the age of 13. 

7th Annual Taking Action Against Domestic Violence Campaign

     The bedrock of our campaign, now in its 7th year, is to raise awareness of Florida’s statewide domestic violence hotline, 1-800-500-1119. Operated by the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, this hotline serves as a lifeline to victims and their families. If you or someone you know may be a victim of domestic violence, call the statewide hotline. For the hearing impaired: TTY (800) 621-4202. Equally important, raising community awareness of the state certified DV centers in the Tampa Bay area standing by to help. The statewide DV  hotline will connect you to the center nearest you. ABC Action News has a full listing of local centers on, as well as safety planning, warning signs of abuse, the wheel of  power and control, the wheel of equality, and more…
     Sincerely, Lissette, Wendy, Deiah, Jamison & the entire team at WFTS TV ABC Action News!

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