Recognizing & Responding to Asphyxiation within Abusive Relationships

Asphyxiation – being deprived of oxygen by impeding blood or air flow – is one of the most highly lethal forms of abuse commonly used within intimate relationships. Asphyxiation includes strangulation (external pressure on the neck/throat), choking (internal blocking of the airway), drowning, hanging, and suffocation. And, even though strangulation is a felony in Texas,…

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Teens in high school

The beginning of summer always marks a bittersweet time as we bid farewell to the graduating seniors in our STAR (Students Tackle Abusive Relationships) auxiliary at Genesis. These high school students – many of whom joined STAR during their freshman year – have dedicated countless hours to volunteer with the kids at our shelter, organize…

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Summer will officially be here on Sunday! Looking for things to do with your children in Dallas? Now that the CDC has relaxed its protocols and there has been an increased rollout of the vaccine, there are some fun options to do outside of the home. If you aren’t comfortable venturing out of the home…

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Rainbow pride flags

In Southeastern Europe, in a small Russian-controlled Republic called Chechnya, there is a brutal genocide taking place. Members of the LGBTQ+ community are being systematically hunted, detained, tortured, and executed by Chechen authorities, civilians, and their own family members. Most people are completely unaware of this due to the fact that both the Chechen and…

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Red flag

Currently, there are millions of women who have their fundamental rights unwillingly stripped away from them by their partners. Every nine seconds in the United States, a woman is assaulted by someone who tells her that he loves her, by someone who tells her that it is her fault. One in four women will know…

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What is PTSD? When a person experiences or witnesses a traumatic event, their brain enters what is called survival mode. In order to help them survive, their brain will switch off certain parts and turn on others, such as heightening senses and creating more adrenaline. The brain shuts down non-essential functions and focuses all its…

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The Texas Legislative session is underway, and lawmakers are reviewing many bills related to family violence. Below are the Texas Council on Family Violence’s (TCFV) priorities for the 87th session, based on concerns identified by advocates, allied professionals, and survivors in Texas: State Budget: Secure full funding, as well as additional funds, to address capacity…

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Woman texting

I thought I lost my phone the other day. I frantically searched under every pillow, every piece of furniture, and every drawer. I was frantic because my phone is my lifeline. Can you relate? Especially as a woman, my cell phone is integral for my safety. When it’s late and I’m walking to my car…

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Octavia Spencer

The 28th Genesis Annual Luncheon, featuring keynote speaker and Academy Award-winner Octavia Spencer, is one week away! Ticket sales for the virtual event will close Monday morning at 8:00 a.m., and we hope to see you there! If you’re unable to join us May 7th at 11:00 a.m. when the program first airs, all ticket…

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