How to Apply for a Protective Order

October 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

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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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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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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