Spotlight: Genesis Alliance

February 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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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The Experience of Spiritual Abuse

December 3, 2018

Spiritual abuse is spirituality that has turned toxic. It ceases to be beneficial and instead becomes a tool to inflict emotional, spiritual and physical damage. Through in-depth interviews with spiritual abuse survivors, researcher David J. Ward identified six core themes of spiritual abuse. The following list is adapted from his article, “The Lived Experience of…

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Domestic Violence in the Courtroom

November 26, 2018

“I’m going to take the kids from you if you ever leave.” “I’m going to tell the judge you’re crazy and a bad mother. They’ll believe me and not you.” “You can’t keep my kids from me, I have rights. You’re going to get in trouble.” The counselors and advocates at Genesis hear these stories…

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Self-Care During the Holidays

November 19, 2018

The holidays are upon us! For many people, the holidays are a joyous time to enjoy the company of family and loved ones, but for many of our clients and for domestic violence survivors, the holidays can be an exceptionally difficult time. The holidays can be a time of isolation, memories of past holidays (good…

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Part III: How Children Can Heal from the Effects of Domestic Violence

November 12, 2018

“Don’t give up on yourself and your children. Healing takes time, but it does happen.”- Lundy Bancroft This is the third part of a series dedicated to domestic violence and children: Part I: how domestic violence impacts children Part II: how to talk to children about domestic violence   According to the Childhood Domestic Violence…

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“It Can’t Happen Here.”

November 5, 2018

When I share about my job as a women and children’s therapist at Genesis, people are often surprised at the prevalence of domestic violence in Dallas and across the country. I usually hear versions of the same statement: “That can’t be  happening in my [church, school, job, community, etc.].” I hate to be the bearer…

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Domestic Violence in Later Life

October 29, 2018

At Genesis Women’s Shelter, we know that domestic violence is an equal opportunity epidemic. There are no neighborhoods or socioeconomic groups that abuse doesn’t touch, nor is it restricted to specific age groups. According to the National Council on Aging, 10% of Americans aged 60 and up have experienced some form of abuse. The actual…

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How Young Professionals can Get Involved with a Nonprofit in Dallas

October 22, 2018

Let’s imagine for a moment: you’re a 20- or 30-something who wants to give back to the community. Amidst a sea of like-minded young professionals in Dallas, where can you make the greatest impact? How young professionals can get involved in a Dallas nonprofit In 2001, the Genesis Young Leaders auxiliary was founded as an…

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The profile of an abuser

October 15, 2018

Many women who come to Genesis for support end up asking the question “How can I learn to spot an abusive man at the beginning of a potential relationship?” The truth is, a perpetrator of domestic violence doesn’t always look like a scary monster. It’s rarely obvious that someone is abusive in the early stages…

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Is Your Relationship Healthy?

October 8, 2018

Carrie sat in her house, alone, replaying in her mind the argument she had with her husband before he slammed the door and left. Carrie wondered what she had done to make him so upset. “Things had gotten out of hand,” she thought. “He has a hard time controlling his anger,” she thought. “Sure, it…

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The Hidden Costs of Escaping Domestic Violence

October 1, 2018

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but at Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support, we fight every day to give women and children in abusive situations a way out. Domestic violence impacts one in three women in Texas – more than breast cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer combined. And in all domestic violence cases, financial abuse is…

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