What is an advocate?

June 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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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Just one person

March 25, 2019

It’s easy to look at the epidemic of domestic violence and feel overwhelmed. Its prevalence is daunting, and you might find yourself thinking, “What difference can I make? I’m just one person.” You’re right – you’re one person. But you’re not just one person. Maybe you’re one employee at a corporation with a philanthropic mission.…

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Get your team engaged in fundraising!

March 15, 2019

When it comes to philanthropy, corporations give in various ways. But does your company think outside of the box? RSM US LLP, the top accounting firm focused on the middle market, got creative during an employee-driven campaign to raise funds for Genesis – turning out over $30,000 from employees in just months. RSM is passionate…

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Trauma-Informed Therapy

March 10, 2019

When a woman contacts Genesis for therapy, she is seeking healing from the abuse she has suffered. Domestic violence is a type of trauma that can include lasting consequences. Common effects of domestic violence include sleep disturbance (difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, nightmares), change in appetite, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress (flashbacks, irritability, fear, shame,…

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Domestic Violence in Later Life Pt. II

March 4, 2019

This is part II in a series. Part one can be found here. The National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) defines abuse in later life as, “the willful abuse, neglect, abandonment, or financial exploitation of an older adult who is age 50+ by someone in an ongoing, trust-based relationship (i.e., spouse, partner, family…

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Dynamics of Abuse and Parenting

February 25, 2019

“Abuse sends out shock waves that touch every aspect of family functioning.” (Bancroft, 2002) Women who are currently living with an abusive partner or are healing from an abusive relationship may struggle with parenting because abuse undermines parental authority. Abuse is about power and control – and controlling a mother’s rights is not off limits…

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Your Vote Could Help Us Win $10,000!

February 18, 2019

Q&A with beauty influencer ThaTaylaa Genesis has been selected as one of five nonprofits from across the nation to participate in #BeautyWishes2019, an annual campaign benefiting women and families overcoming abuse, addiction, homelessness and poverty. Through the campaign, we have already received thousands of new beauty products to distribute to our clients who have experienced domestic…

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Spotlight: Genesis Alliance

February 11, 2019

For more than 20 years, the women of the Genesis Alliance have served as the backbone of our organization. We often refer to them as our original kitchen table ambassadors – raising awareness about domestic violence at every turn, from the kitchen table to the corporate boardroom. Our Alliance members come from all walks of…

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Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February 1, 2019

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and Genesis’ teens are focused on educating their peers about healthy relationships. Students Tackle Abusive Relationships (STAR) is a group for high school students who are committed to breaking the cycle of generational domestic violence by raising awareness so they can educate themselves and their friends. At Genesis,…

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Part III: Breaking the Cycle

January 28, 2019

UNDERSTANDING THE CONNECTION BETWEEN VIOLENCE TOWARDS ANIMALS AND VIOLENCE TOWARDS PEOPLE This guest blog was written originally for the SPCA of Texas by Marlo Clingman. It is part of a series; Part I can be found here. Part II can be found here. WARNING: In this series of posts, the SPCA of Texas addresses some deeply serious issues surrounding the…

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Privilege Law and Domestic Violence

January 21, 2019

Effective September 1, 2017, the Texas legislature passed H.B. 3649, a law protecting the communications between domestic violence victims and their advocates at domestic violence shelters. The intention behind the law is simple: abusers should not have, through criminal or civil subpoena, access to the records kept by domestic violence shelters of the person they…

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