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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The intersection of domestic violence & immigration

July 20, 2020

We’ve all heard it before. Many of us may have even asked it. When it comes to conversations about domestic violence, it’s not uncommon to hear that lingering question: “Why doesn’t she just leave?” While Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support is working to change the conversation, it’s important to understand the challenges women face while…

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Understanding Verbal Abuse

November 11, 2019

“He has never hit me… he’s just not very nice to me.” Often, I am invited to provide expert testimony in court cases involving domestic violence. The cases frequently have a history of entangled physical, sexual, verbal and emotional abuse. During cross-examination by the perpetrator’s defense attorney, I am often asked “Do you and your…

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How Healthcare Professionals Can Prevent Intimate Partner Violence Homicides

November 4, 2019

Think back to the last time you visited a doctor. Among the many routine questions you were asked at intake, do you remember being asked if you feel safe at home? Most hospitals and healthcare organizations in Dallas/Fort Worth have policies in place that dictate screening all patients for domestic violence.[*] However, in practice, many…

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Guest Blog: Top World Leaders Championing Women’s Rights

October 28, 2019

October 11 marked International Day of the Girl. This day supports more opportunity for girls and increased awareness of gender inequality faced by girls worldwide based upon their gender. Throughout the course of history, women have fought to ensure that their voices are heard. The campaign for women’s freedom and equality has made significant advances…

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Waging War on Crimes Against Women

October 21, 2019

Earlier this year, I attended Genesis Women’s Shelter’s Conference on Crimes Against Women (CCAW). A massive gathering of law enforcement professionals, attorneys, government officials, counselors, educators and others, CCAW addresses the real and present dangers threatening women and girls on daily basis: rape, murder, violence – sadly, too many to list. CCAW was a new…

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How to Apply for a Protective Order

October 14, 2019

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

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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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month!

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 1, 2019

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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Guest blog: Substance Abuse and Healthy Relationships

September 23, 2019

Guest blog written by Addiction Campuses exclusively for Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support Substance abuse does not cause domestic violence, whether the victim or perpetrator of violence is abusing drugs or alcohol. However, there is evidence linking substance abuse to approximately half of all reported intimate partner violence (IPV) events (Soper, 2014), which is cause…

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Why doesn't she just leave?


September 9, 2019

Watch the video to learn #WhySheStays. September 19 marks the eleventh annual North Texas Giving Day, the largest community-wide giving event in the nation. Nearly $250 million dollars have been raised through Giving Day, strengthening nonprofits to build safer, more vibrant neighborhoods in the North Texas community. Genesis Women’s Shelter relies on Giving Day to…

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Volunteering with Genesis

September 2, 2019

Thinking about volunteering? Whether it is your first venture into volunteering or you are a seasoned helper, we would love to have you and your skillset at Genesis! Get started The process begins with filling out a volunteer application and background check online. Then, attend a volunteer orientation at the Genesis Outreach Office on Lemmon…

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