When There Are Nine: A Challenge from Justice Ginsburg

September 21, 2020

With the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last week, we are reminded of the tremendous value her life’s work has contributed to women’s rights. While we join humanity in mourning the loss of her indomitable spirit in conversations of equality, freedom and justice, we are swiftly reminded more so of the debt…

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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 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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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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The Impact of Trauma on Children

The Impact of Trauma on Children

July 6, 2020

Each year, five million children witness domestic violence in the United States. Although children are affected by domestic violence, there are ways in which the adults in their lives can help them. Oftentimes, people are under the assumption that children are not impacted by things that happen during their childhood. While people frequently make comments…

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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

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

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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Movement as Therapy

June 8, 2020

Ever picked up a crying baby? Ever instinctively started to rock, pat or bounce the baby as a way to soothe? If you have, you may not have known it, but you were using scientifically proven, developmentally sensitive techniques to soothe, comfort and calm the child and maybe even yourself. Dr. Bruce Perry is a…

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Meet the team: the Outreach office manager

June 1, 2020

Do you ever wonder who answers the phone when you call, or what face you might see when you come to our Outreach office for the first time? Meet Sarah, the office manager at our Outreach location on Lemmon Avenue! What can one expect when calling or visiting our outreach office? We are so happy…

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Being Trauma Informed in a COVID-19 World

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

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 don't domestic violence victims call the police

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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