Budgeting as a Single Parent

December 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned Parenting is a tough full-time job that doesn’t pay financially, and millions of Americans do it alone these days. This is a pressing issue for many survivors of domestic abuse who may be starting over and learning to manage a household solo. In addition to the difficult work of healing from…

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The Experience of Spiritual Abuse

December 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

“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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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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What to Expect When Calling the Hotline

September 24, 2018

For many domestic violence survivors, making the decision to seek shelter can be extremely difficult. Oftentimes, survivors may not know where to turn, but one of the most important steps toward safety is calling the shelter emergency hotline. The Genesis crisis hotline operates 24/7 and is always answered by a person – not a recording…

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Why victims of domestic violence recant

September 17, 2018

Sara was terrified as Jason chased her around the kitchen island. She was terrified as he pushed her into the hallway wall and threatened to kill her. In the middle of her terror, Sara fought to survive, making it to the phone in the living room and calling 911. When the police arrived at her…

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Be Her First Step away from abuse this Giving Day

September 10, 2018

September 20th marks the tenth annual North Texas Giving Day, the largest community-wide giving event in the nation. Nearly $200 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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Does Your Company Match Gifts to Nonprofits?

September 3, 2018

What is a matching gift program? Companies of all sizes are ready to match your donation to your favorite nonprofit organization. A matching gift program is one of the many ways a company supports an employee and their passion for helping the community. By matching the employee’s monetary gift to a nonprofit, companies that participate…

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Guest blog: SPCA of Texas

August 27, 2018

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 WARNING: In this series of posts, the SPCA of Texas addresses some deeply serious issues surrounding the connection between violence towards animals and violence towards people. Some of the graphic information…

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Healing Through Fun

August 20, 2018

August is National Family Fun Month, and there is still time to celebrate! Falling at the end of the summer, August is a time to remember the importance of having fun together as a family and with others. But for families impacted by domestic violence, this can seem trivial and impossible to achieve. At Genesis…

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National Thrift Shop Day

August 13, 2018

National #ThriftShopDay is this Friday, August 17, and what better way to celebrate than by stopping by our Benefit Thrift Store! We have furniture, books, men’s and women’s clothes, shoes, purses, accessories and more. For more than 25 years, the Genesis Benefit Thrift Store has been making incredible contributions to the Dallas community. More than 400 local…

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Three Steps to Celebrate National Nonprofit Day

August 6, 2018

Next Friday, August 17, is National Nonprofit Day, and there’s still time to get involved! At Genesis, we love and appreciate our volunteers every day. Especially on National Nonprofit Day, we celebrate the impact of volunteer service and the power of change-makers to come together to tackle domestic violence. Genesis is so grateful for our…

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Twenty Questions That Can Save Her Life

July 30, 2018

“I hate this piece of paper.” My client spoke the words calmly, but her body language conveyed another message — head down, shoulders pulled forward, muscles tense. She had said out-loud what other clients think, but don’t say, about the one-page document called the Danger Assessment. Containing twenty yes or no questions, answered in mere…

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