What is an advocate?

June 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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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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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The Intersection of Homelessness and Domestic Violence

May 29, 2018

It happens far too often—women facing domestic violence flee their homes to protect themselves and their children, but have nowhere to go. Domestic violence is a silent epidemic that affects communities across race and class lines, and often leads women into situational homelessness. In fact, studies show that 80 percent of women facing homelessness have…

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Women’s Shelters Nationwide Work Tirelessly to Provide Safety for Those in Need

May 21, 2018

This story was originally featured at blog.twomenandatruck.com. Flowers, gifts, family get-togethers, and immense appreciation are just a few things that make up Mother’s Day each year. Unfortunately for some mothers and women, a joyous day of celebration isn’t always on option on Mother’s Day – or any day. Domestic violence is a never-ending issue nationwide,…

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Actress Hilary Swank Inspires with Empowering Commentary at 25th Annual Luncheon

May 15, 2018

Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support held its 25th Annual Luncheon on Friday, May 11, 2018, at the Hilton Anatole, featuring Academy Award-winning actress Hilary Swank as keynote speaker. More than 1,500 people came together to take a stand on behalf of women and children who have experienced domestic violence, and to let the community know…

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Celebrating Moms: A Child’s Safe Place

May 7, 2018

Although Mother’s Day is only celebrated once a year, being a mom is a full-time job. Under the best circumstances, parenting can be difficult, but when domestic violence is present in the home, there are additional layers of complexity. Five million children witness domestic violence each year in the United States, so it’s important to…

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Know-tifications: Social Media Safety and Domestic Violence

April 30, 2018

Likes, retweets, and comments pepper our phone screens all day long. Social media is an outlet for us to share the way we feel, instantly. Social media has also provided a platform for building domestic violence awareness, with the use of the hashtag #MeToo and #WhyIStayed, as well as providing resources for victims in dangerous…

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The Four C’s of Safety Planning

April 23, 2018

If someone’s life is in danger, the most important thing is having a plan. Whether a woman is attempting to leave a relationship or is in immediate danger, having a safety plan can make all the difference in the world. Safety planning with survivors of domestic violence is the most CRITICAL component of our work…

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Why I Choose to Be Her First Step: Tamara Boozell

April 16, 2018

I was raised in a volunteering home. As a child, my mother would take us every Saturday to help at a pop-up free health clinic set up by a family friend, Dr. Alice. We were also raised taking half our birthday gifts over to a local children’s home and spending the day playing with the…

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