Emotional Safety Planning

August 10, 2020

At Genesis, safety is our first priority when working with survivors of domestic violence. For women in abusive situations or for those who are thinking of leaving an abusive relationship, creating a safety plan for physical safety may help women survive potentially dangerous situations. However, emotional safety is also an important aspect of safety that…

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Entering into the shelter

August 3, 2020

Often, community members are curious about what goes on during the intake process in a shelter setting. At Genesis, we are more than a safe place for clients to rest their head at night; we are a holistic program aimed at healing and personal growth by providing advocacy and counseling in addition to a safe…

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Being a Survivor during a Pandemic

July 27, 2020

Now more than ever, survivors of domestic violence are facing some dangerous barriers while being isolated at home during the spread of COVID-19. Many survivors are trapped at home and have no alone time or privacy to reach out for help, and often no way to leave safely due to the abuser being at home…

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Dear friends & family: leaving abuse

January 27, 2020

One of the most common calls we get at Genesis is concerned friends and family asking how to best help their loved one get away from the abuse she is experiencing. These callers are usually scared, angry and confused, and feel helpless and overwhelmed. They have lots of questions, and ask how to get their…

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Shame & Domestic Violence

January 20, 2020

“Should” is shame; use of the word “should” indicates a shame statement is to follow. I should be thinner. I should read more. I should watch less TV. I should be stronger. I should be a better mom. I should be able to handle this. I should have known. I should have left. I should…

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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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Happy 2020!

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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When a Survivor Enters Emergency Shelter

December 23, 2019

As an advocate who has worked at Genesis’ emergency shelter for seven years, I meet a variety of women from wide backgrounds. Regardless of where they come from, they all have one thing in common: they left an abusive situation, often in a hurry with only the clothes on their backs. Even if they were…

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Genesis STAR: Students Tackle Abusive Relationships

December 16, 2019

It is a staggering fact that one in three girls between the ages of 16 and 24 will experience dating violence. At Genesis, we recognize the importance of educating teenagers about healthy relationships, particularly during a time in their lives when they may not be eager to discuss uncomfortable topics with their parents or teachers.…

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A Day in the Life

December 9, 2019

Everyone needs safe, decent, stable housing. For some of our most vulnerable clients with safety concerns, the need for confidential housing to get back on her feet to independence is critical. At Genesis, we’re proud of our ability to support women in our transitional housing program, Annie’s House, for up to a year. Each woman…

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Creating a Safe and Supportive Workplace

December 2, 2019

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

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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