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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Part II: How to talk to children about domestic violence

July 23, 2018

The blog below is the second in a two-part series. The first part, how domestic violence impacts children, can be found here. According to the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect, domestic violence may be the single major precursor to child abuse in this country. Additionally, one in three high school girls reports…

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Part I: How Domestic Violence Impacts Children

July 16, 2018

The blog below is the first in a two-part series. Check back next week to learn how to talk to your children about domestic violence. It is common to believe that children don’t see or hear everything that happens in the home. Maybe they were thought to be asleep when the abuse occurred, or they…

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Free Summer Activities to do with Your Kids

July 9, 2018

Summertime is in full swing, and with that comes all the free time in the world for children… but keeping your kids entertained throughout the summer with fun, new activities that are also budget friendly can be tough. Need some ideas? Below, we’ve listed some free activities to help remove “I’m bored” from your kids’…

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Giving Items to a Nonprofit

July 2, 2018

Since 1985, Genesis Women’s Shelter has been giving victims of abuse a safe way out of domestic violence. Genesis has never received government funding, instead relying on grants, corporations and individuals to help us in this endeavor. One easy and fun way to make a lasting impact in the lives of our women and children…

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A Gift from the Heavens: How Estate Planning Makes a Difference

June 25, 2018

Several months ago the phone rang with a message that all fundraisers love to hear – someone wanted to give us money! After a few moments, the conversation took on an even deeper meaning when I learned that the gift was actually a bequest to Genesis from a gentleman who had named the agency in…

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Why Does She Stay?

June 18, 2018

Why does she stay? It’s a phrase I remember saying several years ago, before I began working in the field of domestic violence, after hearing the news of another celebrity whose wife was standing by him after video of him assaulting her was released. Around the same time, a close family member began to open…

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To Men on Father’s Day: Take a Stand Against Domestic Violence

June 11, 2018

This story was originally featured in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Most Father’s Days, I celebrate by spending time with my family. My wife and I might dust off the grill and play games in the backyard with our three healthy (and often rambunctious) little boys and our one-year-old baby girl. After we put the kids…

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One Community One Cause

June 4, 2018

On Friday, more than 75 volunteers representing nearly 20 agencies on the Dallas County Family Violence Prevention Council (FVPC) participated in a day of service called One Community One Cause benefiting the Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity. The Family Violence Prevention Council consists of more than 20 agencies and institutions that aim to comprehensively address family violence…

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The Intersection of Homelessness and Domestic Violence

May 29, 2018

It happens far too often—women facing domestic violence flee their homes to protect themselves and their children, but have nowhere to go. Domestic violence is a silent epidemic that affects communities across race and class lines, and often leads women into situational homelessness. In fact, studies show that 80 percent of women facing homelessness have…

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Women’s Shelters Nationwide Work Tirelessly to Provide Safety for Those in Need

May 21, 2018

This story was originally featured at blog.twomenandatruck.com. Flowers, gifts, family get-togethers, and immense appreciation are just a few things that make up Mother’s Day each year. Unfortunately for some mothers and women, a joyous day of celebration isn’t always on option on Mother’s Day – or any day. Domestic violence is a never-ending issue nationwide,…

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