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Revenge Porn as an Abuse Tactic

January 13, 2020

When we talk about the different tactics abusers use to inflict power, control and pain on their partners within intimate relationships, we often focus on verbal, physical or financial abuse. But our connected, digital world has produced a new kind of abuse that many women experience but often feel shame and embarrassment around: revenge porn.…

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How to navigate a divorce or custody battle

January 6, 2020

The process of divorce or establishing custody of children is an intimidating and difficult process for all people. Going through litigation with an abusive partner often only amplifies these emotions and experiences. Within the Genesis Legal Program, we firmly believe that preparation is key. The more you can prepare for court, the less anxiety you…

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New Year, New You?

December 30, 2019

If you’re one of the 40% to 45% of Americans who make a New Year’s resolution each year, chances are you probably want to focus on your physical health. Some goals consistently stay in the top 10 list of New Year’s resolutions, including dieting or eating healthier, exercising more, quitting smoking and drinking less alcohol.…

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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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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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