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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LEAVING A FINANCIALLY ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP

August 30, 2021

Financial abuse is one of the most common, yet forgotten, forms of abuse. According to a Center for Financial Security study, 99% of domestic abuse victims experience some form of economical abuse. Financial abuse can take many forms; some common forms are stealing or withholding money. It is important to recognize the signs of financial…

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Group Therapy: What to Expect

April 19, 2021

If you’re like me, when you walk into a room (or a Zoom meeting) with more than two people, your social anxiety might spike. So, when you hear the words group therapy, it might not seem appealing at first. And yet, group therapy is a widely-used therapeutic modality. So why does group therapy exist? What…

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Magistrate’s Order for Emergency Protection

April 12, 2021

Magistrate’s Orders for Emergency Protection (E.P.O.) are often the first opportunity for a survivor of Intimate Partner Violence to receive legally enforceable protection from their abuser.  Even though an E.P.O. should not create a false sense of security for survivors, they remain a powerful tool in creating greater safety for them. These orders are intended…

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Did he snap, or was it planned?

April 5, 2021

Murder-suicides are a tragic, but common, occurrence in the news. Eleven murder-suicides occur in the U.S. each week. A husband shoots his wife and four children after dinner, then turns the gun on himself. A man kills his girlfriend when she gets home from work, then takes his own life. A 60-year-old man kills his…

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Introducing our New Friends and Family Group!

March 29, 2021

Here at Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support, we work alongside survivors of domestic violence to help them find safety, support and healing from abuse. It is not uncommon for abusive partners to sabotage a survivor’s relationship with her friends and family, often isolating her completely. This makes the survivor more vulnerable and more dependent on…

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When it Rains, It Pours: Domestic Violence Amongst Disabled Victims

March 22, 2021

Women are persistently at a high risk for domestic and intimate partner violence due to such factors as a male predatory behavior, twisted power and control dynamics, pervasive rape culture, revictimization by systems, and more. The YWCA reports that domestic violence is the leading cause of injury for women ages 15-44. However, for as many…

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On Valentine’s Day – what is love?

On Valentine’s Day – What is Love?

February 8, 2021

For many people, Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate romantic love. Partners might express gratitude for their special person. Couples might reminisce about how they met and fell in love. But for those whose partners yell at them, diminish them, or hurt them physically, Valentine’s Day can be a painful reminder that their relationship…

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Intersectionality and the Oppression of African American Women

February 2, 2021

In May 2020, Genesis wrote a blog pertaining to intersectionality. Genesis has, from the very beginning, fought for the rights of all domestic violence victims regardless of race, culture, sexual orientation or economic status. Our position is that domestic violence does not discriminate. Today, I’m going to take this a step further and dive more…

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Suicidality as a Trauma Response and How to Safety Plan

January 25, 2021

What is Trauma? We are surrounded by trauma narratives everyday through social media, news, and even through family and friends. The National Council for Behavioral Health states that “70% of adults in the U.S. have experienced some type of traumatic event at least once in their lives.” This is a high number, but you may…

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The ABC’s of Coping

January 11, 2021

Here at Genesis, we talk a lot about coping skills during counseling. What are coping skills and why are they so important? Coping skills are activities or actions that a person can take to manage overwhelming emotions. We all do things to help us cope with our feelings throughout any given day, even if you’re…

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When Kindness is Manipulative

January 5, 2021

Being in an abusive relationship can be confusing and scary. Most abusive relationships begin the same way as any other relationship – strong feelings of love and attraction and experiences that are fun and exciting. Over time, the abusive partner may begin to have behaviors that feel “off” to the other partner. Maybe he* begins…

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