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

May 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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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Three Steps to Celebrate National Nonprofit Day

August 6, 2018

Next Friday, August 17, is National Nonprofit Day, and there’s still time to get involved! At Genesis, we love and appreciate our volunteers every day. Especially on National Nonprofit Day, we celebrate the impact of volunteer service and the power of change-makers to come together to tackle domestic violence. Genesis is so grateful for our…

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Twenty Questions That Can Save Her Life

July 30, 2018

“I hate this piece of paper.” My client spoke the words calmly, but her body language conveyed another message — head down, shoulders pulled forward, muscles tense. She had said out-loud what other clients think, but don’t say, about the one-page document called the Danger Assessment. Containing twenty yes or no questions, answered in mere…

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Part II: How to talk to children about domestic violence

July 23, 2018

The blog below is the second in a two-part series. The first part, how domestic violence impacts children, can be found here. According to the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect, domestic violence may be the single major precursor to child abuse in this country. Additionally, one in three high school girls reports…

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Part I: How Domestic Violence Impacts Children

July 16, 2018

The blog below is the first in a two-part series. Check back next week to learn how to talk to your children about domestic violence. It is common to believe that children don’t see or hear everything that happens in the home. Maybe they were thought to be asleep when the abuse occurred, or they…

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Free Summer Activities to do with Your Kids

July 9, 2018

Summertime is in full swing, and with that comes all the free time in the world for children… but keeping your kids entertained throughout the summer with fun, new activities that are also budget friendly can be tough. Need some ideas? Below, we’ve listed some free activities to help remove “I’m bored” from your kids’…

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Giving Items to a Nonprofit

July 2, 2018

Since 1985, Genesis Women’s Shelter has been giving victims of abuse a safe way out of domestic violence. Genesis has never received government funding, instead relying on grants, corporations and individuals to help us in this endeavor. One easy and fun way to make a lasting impact in the lives of our women and children…

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A Gift from the Heavens: How Estate Planning Makes a Difference

June 25, 2018

Several months ago the phone rang with a message that all fundraisers love to hear – someone wanted to give us money! After a few moments, the conversation took on an even deeper meaning when I learned that the gift was actually a bequest to Genesis from a gentleman who had named the agency in…

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Why Does She Stay?

June 18, 2018

Why does she stay? It’s a phrase I remember saying several years ago, before I began working in the field of domestic violence, after hearing the news of another celebrity whose wife was standing by him after video of him assaulting her was released. Around the same time, a close family member began to open…

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To Men on Father’s Day: Take a Stand Against Domestic Violence

June 11, 2018

This story was originally featured in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Most Father’s Days, I celebrate by spending time with my family. My wife and I might dust off the grill and play games in the backyard with our three healthy (and often rambunctious) little boys and our one-year-old baby girl. After we put the kids…

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One Community One Cause

June 4, 2018

On Friday, more than 75 volunteers representing nearly 20 agencies on the Dallas County Family Violence Prevention Council (FVPC) participated in a day of service called One Community One Cause benefiting the Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity. The Family Violence Prevention Council consists of more than 20 agencies and institutions that aim to comprehensively address family violence…

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