Genesis was created to help women

Genesis Women's Shelter was created to give women in abusive situations a way out.

Our Mission

To provide safety, shelter and support for women and children who have experienced domestic violence, and to raise awareness regarding its cause, prevalence and impact.

Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging

​​​​​​Genesis’ core mission is to empower women and children by offering safety, shelter, and support.  In that same regard, we strive to create a workplace as diverse as the communities we serve and where everyone feels empowered to be their full, authentic selves. With these guiding principles, we commit to inclusion across race, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, identity and experience so we may listen, learn, work together and succeed as a team.

Are you looking for a way out?

We are here to help.

We are looking to create a societal shift on how people think about domestic violence. In order for that to happen we need everyone to share the same message that there is help and there is hope.

It will take all facets of society going in the same direction to invoke a real change. For every woman in an abusive situation, there is help and there is hope. Any woman, any age, any race, any religion, anywhere can be affected. But it does not define who they are.

Shelter Ministries of Dallas became aware of unique needs and vulnerabilities of abused women and children seeking their services.

Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support opened, giving victims of abuse a safe way out.

City of Dallas provided a 7-bedroom facility to house women at an undisclosed location.

Genesis Women's Shelter was able to expand its services through the support of First Presbyterian Church of Dallas and the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas.

The need for Genesis was so great it was constantly operating at full capacity with a full waitlist.

Groundbreaking for the new wing to house those waiting for safety took place in early 1988.

The new wing opened at full capacity. In addition, we launched our formal full-time therapeutic children’s program and expanded our services to include 24-hour crisis hotline counseling, group and individual therapy, positive parenting classes, and professional casework.

Counseling and case management began to help those in need of help who were not fleeing immediate danger.

Genesis Outreach Office opened its doors to provide counseling and other services for women in the area.

Annie’s House was opened as a 12-month transitional housing program to give women more time to complete their goals and get back on their feet.

Genesis starts the Conference on Crimes Against Women.

Genesis starts it's in-house Legal Department.

Genesis launches the largest capital campaign in the organization's history to build a non-residential outreach center.

Clinical Program expands to include Occupational Therapy.

After significant growth and expansion over more than 3 decades of operation, Genesis becomes an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization separating from its founding agency Shelter Ministries of Dallas.

Lancaster location opens.


The Need

Mother and child

Imagine what it would be like to live in fear every minute of your life, even while you're sleeping. Imagine having to constantly worry about the safety of your children when they're at home. Imagine if you were told every day that you weren’t worth anything better, and that you weren't worth helping. Imagine not knowing there was a way out.

Last year alone, we saw 3,700 women and children at our emergency shelter, transitional housing apartments, and nonresidential counseling office. The women who come to us are in a fight for their life. We aim to walk alongside each woman and tell her she is not alone and she deserves to feel safe and happy.

“Where there is intersection, she does not die.”
- Jan Edgar Langbein, CEO

If we truly want to end domestic violence, we need to see these women for who they are - our mothers, daughters, sisters, friends and colleagues. Domestic violence can affect anyone, regardless of age, ethnicity or socioeconomic class. We will not stop until all women and children are safe in their own homes.

Genesis Women’s Shelter was founded with a goal to not just help women, but to completely eradicate domestic violence. We have formulated our services to address the issue holistically and give each woman the same message: there is help and there is hope.

Take a stand against domestic violence.