Creating a Safe and Supportive Workplace

December 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

Show survivors you understand by establishing a disclosure-friendly policy. This will allow employees to feel free to discuss what they are experiencing and have a plan of action when the need arises. Domestic violence is endemic within our community and society. It breeds the perpetration and perpetuation of crime in our society. With over 85% of…

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Announcing… Nicole Kidman!

November 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support Announces Nicole Kidman as Keynote Speaker for 27th Annual Luncheon Leigh Anne Haugh to Serve as Luncheon Chair (Dallas, Texas) – Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support today announced Nicole Kidman as the keynote speaker of the 27th annual Genesis Luncheon. Kidman joins a highly-respected list of past luncheon speakers, including…

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Transformational Giving

November 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

It’s Transformation Season! Changing seasons that beckon holiday celebrations create transformations all around us – leafless trees become sparkling landscapes of ornaments and twinkling lights, houses and shops are wearing their holiday-best, the weather cools and we seek out a warm mug of cocoa by the fireside with our favorite people. And as we witness…

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What financial relief is available for survivors fleeing domestic violence?

July 15, 2019

Victims of intimate partner violence often have to sacrifice their livelihood to escape to a safer environment. For many, this means leaving everything they are familiar with like their homes, neighborhoods and even cities. To escape the abuse, survivors often have to restart their lives from nothing by securing new housing and replacing all of…

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Breaking your lease: What a survivor of domestic violence should know

July 8, 2019

The correlation between domestic violence and homelessness has continued to be studied due to the undeniable data that correlates the two. Because of the nature of domestic violence, victims are often subject to leave home due to safety concerns, leading them to seek shelter or a temporary living space. Often, this means victims have to…

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Guest Blog: Do you really want a Proverbs 31 wife?

July 1, 2019

This is a guest blog written originally for and by Thy Black Man. You can view the original version here. Have you ever heard the expression “a Proverbs 31 wife”? A list of model attributes for wives to display, Proverbs 31 evokes many and varied feelings in men and women alike. Unfortunately, some men can start to feel that their…

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What is an advocate?

June 24, 2019

Through my work at Genesis Women’s Shelter, I have found that working as an advocate in a domestic violence shelter is not just a job – it’s a calling. In social services, advocates seek to ensure that the most vulnerable in society are supported in exploring choices and options. We do this by defending and…

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Beauty is a Light in the Heart

June 10, 2019

Beauty is Not in the Face; Beauty is a Light in the Heart Alissa,* a client at Genesis, was thrilled to be starting a new job as an accountant. After several months of being previously unemployed, she was financially struggling. To try to appear as presentable and professional as possible, Alissa had been using old, expired makeup. But thanks to…

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Domestic Violence in the LGBTQ Community

June 3, 2019

Intimidation by use of coercion/threats, emotional abuse, financial abuse and physical violence are all tactics that abusive individuals use on their partners regardless if the abuser is in a heterosexual or same-sex relationship. Domestic violence does not distinguish between sexuality; however, members of the LGBTQ community often face additional hurdles that do not exist in…

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The Intake Process: What it Looks Like & What to Expect

May 20, 2019

What is an “intake appointment?” If you have ever called Genesis Women’s Shelter or another counseling agency to request services, you may have heard that you need an intake appointment. Put simply, an intake is therapist lingo meaning an initial appointment to gather basic information about you and your background while you learn more about…

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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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