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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Gun Surrender – We Can Do More

March 12, 2018

Just a few weeks ago, the mayor of Dallas held a press conference at Genesis Women’s Shelter. His message was loud and clear: “we are not doing enough.” Mayor Rawlings’ comments were made in response to the Parkland shooting on February 14 in Florida that left 17 people, most of them high school students, dead.…

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Four Ways to Make a Difference on International Women’s Day

March 5, 2018

International Women’s Day is Thursday, March 8, 2018 – a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. Thanks to the Suffragettes’ tireless efforts toward gender equality, International Women’s Day was established in 1911. After more than 100 years, a single mindset remains the same: recognizing, honoring and celebrating the accomplishments…

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Teen Dating Violence – A Parent’s Perspective

February 26, 2018

Being a teenager today is complicated, but being the parent or guardian of a teenager? Whew! That job is definitely not for the faint of heart, but it’s the most important job we will ever have. As such, there are so many things that we try to educate our children about to protect them –…

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Four Ways to Help End Domestic Violence in Corporate America

February 19, 2018

At Genesis, we know that domestic violence is not a private matter that unfolds behind closed doors. In fact, many women who are in abusive relationships are also working women. Domestic violence currently affects one in every three women with over 96 percent of victims experiencing issues at work. Furthermore, domestic violence is costing corporate…

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Teen Dating Violence: A Teenager’s Take

February 12, 2018

One in ten high school students will experience some form of dating violence. But the problem does not lie only in high school: one out of three girls in the U.S. will experience dating violence, and between the ages of 16 to 24, the number of women who will experience it is three times the…

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The Gift That Keeps on Giving

February 5, 2018

At Genesis, we know that peace on earth begins at home. Last December, we were able to provide gifts to more than 1,000 women and children who needed to know that they were not forgotten during the holidays. After opening Christmas gifts provided by her generous donor, Margaret* came back to our Outreach office to…

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5 Ways to Be Her First Step Away from Domestic Violence

January 29, 2018

Although teens should learn about teen dating violence, none should have to learn the way that Noelle “Cricket” Jones did one week ago today when she was shot at school. This shooting took place in the backyard of Dallas – only 40 miles south – in Italy, Texas. Just minutes before school started, a 16-year-old…

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It’s Time for More Than Hashtags. It’s Time for Change.

January 18, 2018

In the wake of the Weinstein scandal that shook Hollywood in October, we stereotypically think of a Hollywood producer and a starlet on the couch when we think of sexual harassment. In reality, one-third of American women say they’ve been sexually harassed in the workplace. Low-wage workers like those who work in food service and…

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Mass Shootings and Domestic Violence: A Lethal Link

January 16, 2018

This story was written July 10, 2017 by Genesis CEO and President Jan Langbein and originally posted in the Star-Telegram. This week, we continue to mourn the deaths and remember the lives of five Dallas police officers who were gunned down a year ago: Dallas Police officers Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Lorne Ahrens and Michael…

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Relying on Faith

January 15, 2018

“It is not an enemy who taunts me – I could bear that. It is not my foes who so arrogantly insult me – I could have hidden from them. Instead, it is you – my equal, my companion and close friend. What good fellowship we once enjoyed as we walked together to the house…

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