Being Trauma Informed in a COVID-19 World

May 25, 2020

A few weeks ago as I was getting out of my car and walking into my office at our shelter, as usual, I smiled at our landscaping crew working hard outside. I was met with neutral faces. I quickly realized that I was wearing sunglasses and a mask. Of course, they could not see my…

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Intersectionality and domestic violence

May 18, 2020

Domestic violence does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion or socioeconomic status. While domestic violence impacts the lives of all women of all backgrounds, society does not treat all victims of abuse equally. Social biases influence how society perceives survivors of domestic violence, and stereotypes often create barriers for care and assistance. This…

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Why Didn’t She Call Police?

May 11, 2020

One of the questions that is often posed in regard to a woman experiencing domestic violence is why didn’t she contact law enforcement when she was experiencing the abuse? The assumption is it must have not been so bad if it was not worth contacting law enforcement, but the truth is there are many reasons…

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5 Ways to Be Her First Step Away from Domestic Violence

January 29, 2018

Although teens should learn about teen dating violence, none should have to learn the way that Noelle “Cricket” Jones did one week ago today when she was shot at school. This shooting took place in the backyard of Dallas – only 40 miles south – in Italy, Texas. Just minutes before school started, a 16-year-old…

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It’s Time for More Than Hashtags. It’s Time for Change.

January 18, 2018

In the wake of the Weinstein scandal that shook Hollywood in October, we stereotypically think of a Hollywood producer and a starlet on the couch when we think of sexual harassment. In reality, one-third of American women say they’ve been sexually harassed in the workplace. Low-wage workers like those who work in food service and…

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Mass Shootings and Domestic Violence: A Lethal Link

January 16, 2018

This story was written July 10, 2017 by Genesis CEO and President Jan Langbein and originally posted in the Star-Telegram. This week, we continue to mourn the deaths and remember the lives of five Dallas police officers who were gunned down a year ago: Dallas Police officers Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Lorne Ahrens and Michael…

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Relying on Faith

January 15, 2018

“It is not an enemy who taunts me – I could bear that. It is not my foes who so arrogantly insult me – I could have hidden from them. Instead, it is you – my equal, my companion and close friend. What good fellowship we once enjoyed as we walked together to the house…

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The Beginning of the End of Domestic Violence

January 15, 2018

Every 9 seconds, a woman is abused by someone she thought she trusted. Not only is domestic violence a national epidemic, it’s happening at an alarming rate close to home. Each year, more than 180,000 incidents are reported in Texas alone. Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support was created to give those women a way out.…

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