Entering into the shelter

August 3, 2020

Often, community members are curious about what goes on during the intake process in a shelter setting. At Genesis, we are more than a safe place for clients to rest their head at night; we are a holistic program aimed at healing and personal growth by providing advocacy and counseling in addition to a safe…

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Being a Survivor during a Pandemic

July 27, 2020

Now more than ever, survivors of domestic violence are facing some dangerous barriers while being isolated at home during the spread of COVID-19. Many survivors are trapped at home and have no alone time or privacy to reach out for help, and often no way to leave safely due to the abuser being at home…

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The intersection of domestic violence & immigration

July 20, 2020

We’ve all heard it before. Many of us may have even asked it. When it comes to conversations about domestic violence, it’s not uncommon to hear that lingering question: “Why doesn’t she just leave?” While Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support is working to change the conversation, it’s important to understand the challenges women face while…

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“It Can’t Happen Here.”

November 5, 2018

When I share about my job as a women and children’s therapist at Genesis, people are often surprised at the prevalence of domestic violence in Dallas and across the country. I usually hear versions of the same statement: “That can’t be  happening in my [church, school, job, community, etc.].” I hate to be the bearer…

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Domestic Violence in Later Life

October 29, 2018

At Genesis Women’s Shelter, we know that domestic violence is an equal opportunity epidemic. There are no neighborhoods or socioeconomic groups that abuse doesn’t touch, nor is it restricted to specific age groups. According to the National Council on Aging, 10% of Americans aged 60 and up have experienced some form of abuse. The actual…

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How Young Professionals can Get Involved with a Nonprofit in Dallas

October 22, 2018

Let’s imagine for a moment: you’re a 20- or 30-something who wants to give back to the community. Amidst a sea of like-minded young professionals in Dallas, where can you make the greatest impact? How young professionals can get involved in a Dallas nonprofit In 2001, the Genesis Young Leaders auxiliary was founded as an…

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The profile of an abuser

October 15, 2018

Many women who come to Genesis for support end up asking the question “How can I learn to spot an abusive man at the beginning of a potential relationship?” The truth is, a perpetrator of domestic violence doesn’t always look like a scary monster. It’s rarely obvious that someone is abusive in the early stages…

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Is Your Relationship Healthy?

October 8, 2018

Carrie sat in her house, alone, replaying in her mind the argument she had with her husband before he slammed the door and left. Carrie wondered what she had done to make him so upset. “Things had gotten out of hand,” she thought. “He has a hard time controlling his anger,” she thought. “Sure, it…

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The Hidden Costs of Escaping Domestic Violence

October 1, 2018

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but at Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support, we fight every day to give women and children in abusive situations a way out. Domestic violence impacts one in three women in Texas – more than breast cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer combined. And in all domestic violence cases, financial abuse is…

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What to Expect When Calling the Hotline

September 24, 2018

For many domestic violence survivors, making the decision to seek shelter can be extremely difficult. Oftentimes, survivors may not know where to turn, but one of the most important steps toward safety is calling the shelter emergency hotline. The Genesis crisis hotline operates 24/7 and is always answered by a person – not a recording…

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Why victims of domestic violence recant

September 17, 2018

Sara was terrified as Jason chased her around the kitchen island. She was terrified as he pushed her into the hallway wall and threatened to kill her. In the middle of her terror, Sara fought to survive, making it to the phone in the living room and calling 911. When the police arrived at her…

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Be Her First Step away from abuse this Giving Day

September 10, 2018

September 20th marks the tenth annual North Texas Giving Day, the largest community-wide giving event in the nation. Nearly $200 million dollars have been raised through Giving Day, strengthening nonprofits to build safer, more vibrant neighborhoods in the North Texas community. Genesis Women’s Shelter relies on Giving Day to raise critical funds for women and…

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Does Your Company Match Gifts to Nonprofits?

September 3, 2018

What is a matching gift program? Companies of all sizes are ready to match your donation to your favorite nonprofit organization. A matching gift program is one of the many ways a company supports an employee and their passion for helping the community. By matching the employee’s monetary gift to a nonprofit, companies that participate…

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