How to Apply for a Protective Order

October 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

I often hear people say, “She just needs to get a protective order.” Unfortunately, like just about everything with domestic violence, it is not as simple as that. For some survivors, a protective order is what will keep them most safe. But, I have also sat across from clients who have said “If I go…

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Guest Blog: How Family Violence Impacts Divorce

October 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

This is a guest blog written originally for and by Hance Law Group. You can view the original version here. Unfortunately, family violence is too common in our world, and it shows up often in divorces.  As divorce professionals, it’s important to understand the different ways it reveals itself, and what can be done to deal…

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), created by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, began as a single “Day of Unity” in 1981. By October 1987, the first full DVAM was observed: the same year, the first national domestic violence toll-free hotline was launched. In 1989, the U.S. Congress officially designated October as National Domestic Violence…

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Facebook Birthday Fundraisers

May 13, 2019

In the age of social media and crowdfunding, it’s easier than ever to support causes close to your heart! Facebook has created Facebook Birthdays, a convenient and simple platform for its users to set up fundraisers and invite friends and family to make a charitable contribution in lieu of (or in addition to!) birthday presents.…

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Post-Separation Power and Control

May 6, 2019

You finally separate or get a divorce from your abuser and you think it’s all over, but then…. For many survivors of domestic violence, the feeling of relief after separating or divorcing an abusive partner doesn’t last long. After separation, the abuser often starts to escalate as a result of having less control over his…

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GUEST BLOG: Intersection of Domestic Violence and Homelessness

April 29, 2019

This is a guest blog written originally for and by Denton County Friends of the Family. You can view the original version here. The intersection of homelessness and domestic violence is the connection of two extraordinarily serious social issues facing communities. Survivors fleeing abusive relationships often must leave their homes, with no other available housing…

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The reality of gaslighting

April 22, 2019

Domestic violence. What’s the most salient image that comes to mind when reading those words? The image tends to be that of a woman with a black eye and bruises on her body, however, what we know about domestic violence is that it encompasses a pattern of behaviors that aim to control the victim’s emotions,…

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 8, 2019

This month at Genesis, we are concentrating on educating our community about sexual violence in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The National Sexual Violence Resource Center created SAAM in 2001 and coordinates a national campaign every year. This year’s focuses on consent as a healthy, normal and necessary part of everyday interactions. We…

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Part IV: Breaking the Cycle

April 1, 2019

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. It is part of a series; Part I can be found here. Part II can be found here. Part III can be found here. WARNING: In this series of posts, the SPCA of Texas addresses some…

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Just one person

March 25, 2019

It’s easy to look at the epidemic of domestic violence and feel overwhelmed. Its prevalence is daunting, and you might find yourself thinking, “What difference can I make? I’m just one person.” You’re right – you’re one person. But you’re not just one person. Maybe you’re one employee at a corporation with a philanthropic mission.…

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Get your team engaged in fundraising!

March 15, 2019

When it comes to philanthropy, corporations give in various ways. But does your company think outside of the box? RSM US LLP, the top accounting firm focused on the middle market, got creative during an employee-driven campaign to raise funds for Genesis – turning out over $30,000 from employees in just months. RSM is passionate…

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Trauma-Informed Therapy

March 10, 2019

When a woman contacts Genesis for therapy, she is seeking healing from the abuse she has suffered. Domestic violence is a type of trauma that can include lasting consequences. Common effects of domestic violence include sleep disturbance (difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, nightmares), change in appetite, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress (flashbacks, irritability, fear, shame,…

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Domestic Violence in Later Life Pt. II

March 4, 2019

This is part II in a series. Part one can be found here. The National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) defines abuse in later life as, “the willful abuse, neglect, abandonment, or financial exploitation of an older adult who is age 50+ by someone in an ongoing, trust-based relationship (i.e., spouse, partner, family…

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