Joyful gatherings, restful holidays and a peaceful time spent with family… unfortunately, this is frequently not the case for our clients involved in or healing from an abusive relationship with an intimate partner. Often, the abusive partner controls the merriment of the holiday season through varied forms of abuse. An abuser may have completely controlled…

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How cultural perspectives impact how we understand domestic violence Culture can seem like such a broad and nuanced concept. The Merriam Webster dictionary defines culture as the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group or the characteristic features of everyday existence (such as diversions or a way of…

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Child on laptop

This has been a challenging year for us all; full of uncertainty, change and hardship. For children, their whole worlds have been turned upside down. For children who have been impacted by the trauma of domestic abuse, this time can be even more devastating. The global trauma of the pandemic of COVID-19 can compound the…

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Genesis Holiday

Every year, Genesis is honored to partner with our incredible community members to provide holiday gifts to our clients and their children. As part of our Holiday Program, Genesis clients are asked what gifts they would like to receive and what items they need most. From handbags and sleepwear to diapers and dress-up clothes, our…

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Teenage girls

Close your eyes and think back to adolescence. Is it a sun-kissed day at the beach? Maybe catching fireflies on a lazy, summer night? As we grow into young adulthood, those fond memories might begin to be punctuated by nostalgic thoughts of love. However, memories for many teenagers are dark recollections of punches, verbal degradation…

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At Genesis, we recognize that men and women alike can experience intimate partner violence, but we focus only on serving women. Why? Because Genesis is aware of the unique needs and vulnerabilities of women and children seeking our services. It is our mission to end domestic violence, which will take all facets of society working…

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month!

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), created by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, began as a single “Day of Unity” in 1981. By October 1987, the first full DVAM was observed: the same year, the first national domestic violence toll-free hotline was launched. In 1989, the U.S. Congress officially designated October as National Domestic Violence…

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Volunteering during a pandemic

Volunteers are not only amazing for nonprofits – they’re essential, and Genesis is proof of this. Because of the dedication of our volunteers, our doors have remained open and our lights have stayed on for more than 35 years, allowing us to provide safety, shelter and support to victims of domestic violence – even during…

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With the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last week, we are reminded of the tremendous value her life’s work has contributed to women’s rights. While we join humanity in mourning the loss of her indomitable spirit in conversations of equality, freedom and justice, we are swiftly reminded more so of the debt…

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