Domestic Abuse Does NOT Take a Holiday

November 23, 2020

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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Domestic Violence and Culture

November 17, 2020

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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Virtual learning and domestic violence

November 9, 2020

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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Trauma on a child's brain

The Impact of Trauma on the Brain

September 15, 2020

September 17 marks the 12th annual North Texas Giving Day, the largest community-wide giving event in the nation. Nearly $300 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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Announcing new Capital Campaign!

Announcing plans for New $15 Million Facility

September 8, 2020

Last week at its 27th Genesis Annual Luncheon featuring keynote speaker Nicole Kidman, Genesis announced plans for a new $15 million facility. Since its inception in 1985, Genesis Women’s Shelter has been providing safety, shelter and support for women and children who have experienced domestic violence, and raising awareness regarding its cause, prevalence and impact.…

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Two young boys on playground

COVID and Child Custody

August 31, 2020

COVID-19 has turned our worlds upside down and with the start of school, dinner tables have become classrooms and parents have become teachers. When it comes to child custody and the court system, COVID has created lots of questions. Our attorneys at Genesis practice in the Dallas County Family Courts exclusively, so please be advised…

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Trauma and Eating Disorders

Trauma and Eating Disorders

August 24, 2020

“Why doesn’t she just leave?” is often a misinformed question that is continually posed about women who stay in abusive relationships. “Why can’t she just eat?” is another misguided question, but is geared towards individuals who have an eating disorder and is often seen as a more acceptable question to ask. Although societal awareness of…

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“How Long Must Women Wait for Liberty?”

“How Long Must Women Wait for Liberty?”

August 17, 2020

How many times have you gone to the polls, waited in line, cast your ballot and attached an “I VOTED” sticker without ever giving a thought to how you got the right to vote in the first place? Democracy in America began in the late 1700s by granting the right to vote to a narrow…

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Emotional Safety Planning

Emotional Safety Planning

August 10, 2020

At Genesis, safety is our first priority when working with survivors of domestic violence. For women in abusive situations or for those who are thinking of leaving an abusive relationship, creating a safety plan for physical safety may help women survive potentially dangerous situations. However, emotional safety is also an important aspect of safety that…

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Entering into shelter

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

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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Mediation for Survivors of Domestic Violence

Mediation for Survivors

July 13, 2020

What is mediation? Is mediation appropriate when there is domestic violence present in the relationship? To begin, mediation is defined as a structured, interactive process where an impartial third party assists disputing parties in resolving conflict through the use of specialized communication and negotiation techniques. All participants are encouraged to participate in the process, keeping…

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