Domestic Violence

Jeffrey Epstein’s Death: The Moral of the Story

Jan Langbein

Written by Jan Langbein, CEO of Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support Many have argued that the recent death of Jeffrey Epstein, while in custody, is a result of a system failure – that perhaps he was not protected thoroughly or watched closely enough. This is not the story! We need to tell the true story…

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Guest blog: Happy National Humanitarian Day!

OuiPlease partners with Genesis

Introducing OuiCare by OuiPlease This blog post was written specifically for Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support by OuiPlease. One of the most rewarding parts of seeing success in business is being able to use our resources and influence for good. This National Humanitarian Day, we at OuiPlease are celebrating by announcing our new social responsibility…

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What is reproductive coercion?

What is reproductive coercion?

On an episode of Saturday Night Live, Pete Davidson (Arianna Grande’s fiancé at the time) jokingly stated that he switched out Arianna’s birth control with Tic Tacs. Much to the amusement of the audience, Davidson then followed his statement with, “I just want to make sure… that she cannot go anywhere.” But at Genesis, we…

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Safety Planning & Divorce

When a survivor of domestic violence is considering or undergoing a divorce, safety planning is a critical measure. Safety planning is simply implementing a strategy to maximize safety in an abusive relationship. For example, you might want to avoid the kitchen during a heated argument because of the potential weapons he could use against you.…

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What financial relief is available for survivors fleeing domestic violence?

Victims of intimate partner violence often have to sacrifice their livelihood to escape to a safer environment. For many, this means leaving everything they are familiar with like their homes, neighborhoods and even cities. To escape the abuse, survivors often have to restart their lives from nothing by securing new housing and replacing all of…

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Breaking your lease: What a survivor of domestic violence should know

The correlation between domestic violence and homelessness has continued to be studied due to the undeniable data that correlates the two. Because of the nature of domestic violence, victims are often subject to leave home due to safety concerns, leading them to seek shelter or a temporary living space. Often, this means victims have to…

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Guest Blog: Do you really want a Proverbs 31 wife?

This is a guest blog written originally for and by Thy Black Man. You can view the original version here. Have you ever heard the expression “a Proverbs 31 wife”? A list of model attributes for wives to display, Proverbs 31 evokes many and varied feelings in men and women alike. Unfortunately, some men can start to feel that their…

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What is an advocate?

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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Domestic Violence in the LGBTQ Community

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

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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