Responding to Domestic Violence in Rural Texas

June 29, 2020

Intimate partner violence takes a staggering toll on Texans. One in three Texas women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, which is higher than the national average of one in four. This sobering statistic is even more troublesome when we consider that over three million people—more people than the population of 20 other states—live…

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Father’s Day & Domestic Violence

June 21, 2020

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about domestic violence. One of these myths, that abused children grow up to be abusers themselves, I know to be false from my experience growing up with a survivor of domestic violence. From a very young age, I knew that my father grew up in a house…

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Processing Trauma

June 15, 2020

When a person wants to start therapy, we always start off by asking what their therapy goals are. Why do they want therapy and what are they hoping to gain from attending therapy? Most people respond by saying they want to feel better. For trauma therapy specifically, the client wants to feel relief from the…

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How video-recorded evidence plays a role in family violence cases

April 20, 2020

“Even though now the justice system’s involved in trying to protect the victim, trying to help them, they’re [victim] still very traumatized and a lot of times for various reasons they don’t wanna pursue [charges], so this alleviates that for the victim. The video evidence speaks for itself and I think it helps the justice…

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Stages of Change

Stages of Change

April 13, 2020

Oftentimes, when people hear stories about domestic violence, they quickly ask the question, “why didn’t she just leave?” At Genesis, we know that leaving is much easier said than done, as there are several factors that go into the decision to end a relationship. Change is a difficult process and not something that can be…

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Children's Activities

Keeping your children entertained while social distancing

April 6, 2020

Social distancing, while necessary, can prove to be difficult, especially for those with children. Many young children, teenagers and parents are likely experiencing levels of confusion and frustration as their schedules and routines are disrupted. As parents, you may be worried that your child’s education will be hindered or that they will quickly become bored…

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COVID-19 resources

Available resources amid COVID-19

March 24, 2020

Although it may be necessary, social distancing is not easy. If you’re like me, you may have experienced some anxiety or frustration or feel uncertain about the future. While this can be scary, it is important to know that you are not alone and there are places that you can turn to for resources and…

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Safety planning if you’re trapped at home

March 20, 2020

While many of us are currently practicing social distancing and staying inside our homes, victims of domestic violence who are trapped with abusers don’t have the luxury of feeling safe. At Genesis, one of the most critical services we provide is safety planning, where a licensed counselor helps a survivor think through practical changes that…

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Back to the Future

Back to the Future, or Back to the Beginning?

March 18, 2020

If you’re like me, you’ve spent the past several days practicing social distancing. In addition to working from home during the day, which I am fortunate to be able to do, I’ve also been taking some time each night to unplug and unwind by reading or watching a movie. A classic film that I always…

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5 action items in the age of COVID-19

March 16, 2020

Practice social distancing. The single most important thing everyone can do to prevent the spread of the coronavirus is practice social distancing. By now, you’ve most likely heard about “flattening the curve,” which is the concept of slowing the spread of the virus to decrease number of people getting sick all at once. In doing…

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COVID-19 Update

March 14, 2020

Friends of Genesis, As you are aware, there has been increasing concern around the coronavirus epidemic in our community. At Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support, we are actively monitoring the situation and are invested in the health of employees, clients and volunteers alike. We are taking all necessary precautions to prevent the potential spread of…

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Creating Systematic Change

March 9, 2020

Over the past 15 years, the Conference on Crimes Against Women has worked to fulfill the mission of providing cutting-edge, relevant training and education to first responders and community stakeholders on best practices regarding the identification, investigation and prosecution of all crimes against women. Created in partnership between the Dallas Police Department and Genesis Women’s…

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Protective orders in Texas

Guest blog: All about domestic violence protective orders in Texas

March 2, 2020

This blog was originally written by Julie Blackmon for the O’Neil Wysocki Family Law blog According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 1 in 4 women and nearly 1 in 10 men have experienced a form of family violence by an intimate partner during their lifetime. See generally Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Preventing Intimate Partner…

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