Indigenous Communities and DV

November 14, 2022

At Genesis, we often will speak to the fact that domestic violence knows no single race, religion, ability, socioeconomic status, or culture. However,  it is important to recognize that while domestic violence is pervasive in all communities, some communities see greater rates of domestic violence and are impacted by culturally-situated forms of abuse. This is…

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What I Hope She Remembers: A Therapist’s Perspective

October 17, 2022

I have been working with survivors of domestic violence for over four years as a Women’s and Children’s Therapist. In this time, I have had the privilege of witnessing the healing of so many women and children. I find that almost all the survivors I have interacted with have very similar struggles and work through…

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El punto de intersección entre la violencia doméstica y la inmigración

September 26, 2022

Todos hemos escuchado esto antes. Muchos de nosotros quizá aún lo hemos preguntado. Cuando se trata de conversaciones sobre violencia doméstica, no es raro escuchar esta frecuente pregunta: “¿Por qué ella no se va?” Mientras Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support (Génesis) está trabajando para cambiar la conversación, es importante entender los desafíos que las mujeres…

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La Porte Du Non-Retour

February 28, 2022

My name is Cassandra Wesley and my journey with Genesis began a lifetime ago, when I myself fled from an abusive relationship. I often tell people that my life began the day I walked through these doors and, had I not sought services when I did, I would not be who I am today. I…

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Teen Dating Violence Resources

February 21, 2022

At Genesis, we’re committed to creating a societal shift on how people think about violence against women and girls. We recognize the importance of educating teenagers about healthy relationships, particularly during a time in their lives when they may not be eager to discuss uncomfortable topics with their parents or teachers. One in three girls…

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Are you safe to talk?

January 24, 2022

On September 13, 1994, President Bill Clinton signed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) which among many things, authorized the creation of the National Domestic Violence Hotline.The Texas Council on Family Violence was awarded the grant of $1 million to build and establish The Hotline and the first call was answered on February 21 1996.…

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Predominant Aggressor or Self-Defense? Making Accurate Determinations on Domestic Violence Calls

January 11, 2022

The Institute for Coordinated Community Response (ICCR), in collaboration with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), has released a new, free roll call training, “Determining Predominant Aggressor & Self-Defense.” This six-part, on-demand series is geared towards law enforcement – easily viewed during shift change, or “roll call,” meetings – but useful for any…

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Recharging your battery with sleep

November 1, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 35.2% of adults in the U.S. get less than seven hours of sleep per night. This can be caused by a multitude of reasons including poor sleep hygiene, lifestyle choices, family obligations, sleep disorders, and other medical and mental health conditions. At Genesis, many women and children…

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Serial killers & domestic violence

Serial killers & domestic violence

October 18, 2021

Trigger warning: discussions of serial killers I will never forget the day that I was introduced to my first true crime podcast. After listening to NPR’s groundbreaking podcast “Serial,” I could not get enough of the genre. Podcasts, documentaries, books, etc. – I soaked it all in. Many of my coworkers share my same interest,…

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What does trauma-informed childcare mean?

October 11, 2021

At Genesis, our primary mission is “to provide safety, shelter and support for women who have experienced domestic violence.” One of the most fundamental ways in which we do this at our residential campus is by providing childcare to our clients with children. While at residential, clients will be meeting with clinical and advocacy staff…

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Breaking the Cycle

October 4, 2021

The way we treat our children can have lifelong effects on them. Children’s brains are still developing, and as adults, they are learning from us how the world works. It is our job as adults to teach and show them how they deserve to be treated and give them tools to prepare them for the…

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Support Genesis for North Texas Giving Day

September 13, 2021

The largest community-wide giving event in the nation, North Texas Giving Day, is September 23! For more than 35 years, Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support has been working to help women and children who have experienced the trauma of domestic violence, and since we opened our doors, the loyal support of our community has sustained…

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Centering Rural Needs in the Fight to End Domestic Violence

September 6, 2021

The Institute for Coordinated Community Response (ICCR) is hosting its inaugural national, virtual conference, Collaborative Responses to Domestic Violence in Rural Communities, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month this year, Oct. 4-5, 2021. ICCR is a program of the Conference on Crimes Against Women that works with rural communities to create and sustain a Coordinated Community…

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