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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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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The Bystander’s Guide to Domestic Violence

August 23, 2021

Many of us know the unfortunate statistics when it comes to domestic violence – 1 in 3 women in the United States will experience intimate partner violence in her lifetime. We also know that the majority of abuse happens behind closed doors. But what about those rare moments when the abuse seeps outside of the…

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Media and Domestic Violence

August 16, 2021

The media is the largest, broadest and deepest form of communication to the masses. With that unyielding power comes colossal pressure and responsibility to convey messages and share information in an accurate, reliable way with integrity and empathy. Unfortunately, the dynamo that is media sometimes drops the ball and stories are delivered in a biased…

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Why healthy communication won’t fix an abusive relationship

August 2, 2021

It seems like nowadays, every social media platform and magazine rack is filled with articles promising to transform relationships with just “5 new steps” or “7 easy communication techniques.” Over the years, there have been amazing advances in research that prove that relationships and communication can improve by utilizing concepts such as mindfulness, bids for…

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First Responder Lethality on Domestic Violence Calls

July 26, 2021

Danger for One Can Mean Danger for All According to the 2020 National Law Enforcement Officers Fatalities Report, out of the 264 police officers killed in the line of duty in 2020, the second highest cause of death was firearms-related fatalities, where 48 officers were killed in the line of duty – and 7 out…

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Answering the call

July 19, 2021

Faith leaders respond to domestic violence and sexual assault of women  As the name suggests, the Podcast on Crimes Against Women (PCAW) covers a wide variety of topics related to the investigation of violent crimes and their impact on women. In June 2021, I had the unique privilege to interview a diverse group of faith…

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New Location in Southern Dallas

July 12, 2021

New location will better meet the needs of underserved survivors – and specifically Black women – in the DFW Metroplex Since opening its doors in 1985, Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support has provided safety, shelter and support to women and children who have experienced domestic violence. In order to better meet the needs of survivors…

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When is it stalking and what can you do about it?

July 5, 2021

Lisa* met the man who would subsequently stalk her for nearly 30 years when she was a first-year college student. While taking some evening classes to catch up on credits she needed in order to transfer to another university, she was befriended by a man, Brian, twice her age. He was married with a family…

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Recognizing & Responding to Asphyxiation within Abusive Relationships

Recognizing & Responding to Asphyxiation within Abusive Relationships

June 28, 2021

Asphyxiation – being deprived of oxygen by impeding blood or air flow – is one of the most highly lethal forms of abuse commonly used within intimate relationships. Asphyxiation includes strangulation (external pressure on the neck/throat), choking (internal blocking of the airway), drowning, hanging, and suffocation. And, even though strangulation is a felony in Texas,…

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STAR: The Next Generation of Leaders

June 21, 2021

The beginning of summer always marks a bittersweet time as we bid farewell to the graduating seniors in our STAR (Students Tackle Abusive Relationships) auxiliary at Genesis. These high school students – many of whom joined STAR during their freshman year – have dedicated countless hours to volunteer with the kids at our shelter, organize…

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