How to Apply for a Protective Order

October 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

I often hear people say, “She just needs to get a protective order.” Unfortunately, like just about everything with domestic violence, it is not as simple as that. For some survivors, a protective order is what will keep them most safe. But, I have also sat across from clients who have said “If I go…

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Guest Blog: How Family Violence Impacts Divorce

October 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

This is a guest blog written originally for and by Hance Law Group. You can view the original version here. Unfortunately, family violence is too common in our world, and it shows up often in divorces.  As divorce professionals, it’s important to understand the different ways it reveals itself, and what can be done to deal…

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), created by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, began as a single “Day of Unity” in 1981. By October 1987, the first full DVAM was observed: the same year, the first national domestic violence toll-free hotline was launched. In 1989, the U.S. Congress officially designated October as National Domestic Violence…

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Safety Planning & Divorce

August 5, 2019

When a survivor of domestic violence is considering or undergoing a divorce, safety planning is a critical measure. Safety planning is simply implementing a strategy to maximize safety in an abusive relationship. For example, you might want to avoid the kitchen during a heated argument because of the potential weapons he could use against you.…

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ICYMI: Terry Crews Inspires at Genesis Annual Luncheon

July 29, 2019

Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support hosted its 26th Genesis Annual Luncheon on Friday, May 10, 2019, at the Hilton Anatole. Actor, athlete and activist Terry Crews headlined as keynote speaker and reminded more than 1,300 people that “the most dangerous place in the world for a woman should not be in her own home.” Robyn…

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Announcing the Heart-to-Heart Program for Monthly Giving

July 22, 2019

“Sometimes miracles are just good people with kind hearts.” -unknown The Genesis Heart-to-Heart program (H2H) represents a community of supporters who pledge to donate to our cause once a month. H2H members make monthly contributions of any amount directly helping women and children who have experienced abuse take their first steps toward help, hope and…

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What financial relief is available for survivors fleeing domestic violence?

July 15, 2019

Victims of intimate partner violence often have to sacrifice their livelihood to escape to a safer environment. For many, this means leaving everything they are familiar with like their homes, neighborhoods and even cities. To escape the abuse, survivors often have to restart their lives from nothing by securing new housing and replacing all of…

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Breaking your lease: What a survivor of domestic violence should know

July 8, 2019

The correlation between domestic violence and homelessness has continued to be studied due to the undeniable data that correlates the two. Because of the nature of domestic violence, victims are often subject to leave home due to safety concerns, leading them to seek shelter or a temporary living space. Often, this means victims have to…

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Guest Blog: Do you really want a Proverbs 31 wife?

July 1, 2019

This is a guest blog written originally for and by Thy Black Man. You can view the original version here. Have you ever heard the expression “a Proverbs 31 wife”? A list of model attributes for wives to display, Proverbs 31 evokes many and varied feelings in men and women alike. Unfortunately, some men can start to feel that their…

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What is an advocate?

June 24, 2019

Through my work at Genesis Women’s Shelter, I have found that working as an advocate in a domestic violence shelter is not just a job – it’s a calling. In social services, advocates seek to ensure that the most vulnerable in society are supported in exploring choices and options. We do this by defending and…

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Beauty is a Light in the Heart

June 10, 2019

Beauty is Not in the Face; Beauty is a Light in the Heart Alissa,* a client at Genesis, was thrilled to be starting a new job as an accountant. After several months of being previously unemployed, she was financially struggling. To try to appear as presentable and professional as possible, Alissa had been using old, expired makeup. But thanks to…

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Domestic Violence in the LGBTQ Community

June 3, 2019

Intimidation by use of coercion/threats, emotional abuse, financial abuse and physical violence are all tactics that abusive individuals use on their partners regardless if the abuser is in a heterosexual or same-sex relationship. Domestic violence does not distinguish between sexuality; however, members of the LGBTQ community often face additional hurdles that do not exist in…

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The Intake Process: What it Looks Like & What to Expect

May 20, 2019

What is an “intake appointment?” If you have ever called Genesis Women’s Shelter or another counseling agency to request services, you may have heard that you need an intake appointment. Put simply, an intake is therapist lingo meaning an initial appointment to gather basic information about you and your background while you learn more about…

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