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Domestic Violence

Revenge Porn as an Abuse Tactic

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When we talk about the different tactics abusers use to inflict power, control and pain on their partners within intimate relationships, we often focus on verbal, physical or financial abuse. But our connected, digital world has produced a new kind of abuse that many women experience but often feel shame and embarrassment around: revenge porn.…

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How to navigate a divorce or custody battle

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The process of divorce or establishing custody of children is an intimidating and difficult process for all people. Going through litigation with an abusive partner often only amplifies these emotions and experiences. Within the Genesis Legal Program, we firmly believe that preparation is key. The more you can prepare for court, the less anxiety you…

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When a Survivor Enters Emergency Shelter

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As an advocate who has worked at Genesis’ emergency shelter for seven years, I meet a variety of women from wide backgrounds. Regardless of where they come from, they all have one thing in common: they left an abusive situation, often in a hurry with only the clothes on their backs. Even if they were…

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A Day in the Life

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Everyone needs safe, decent, stable housing. For some of our most vulnerable clients with safety concerns, the need for confidential housing to get back on her feet to independence is critical. At Genesis, we’re proud of our ability to support women in our transitional housing program, Annie’s House, for up to a year. Each woman…

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Creating a Safe and Supportive Workplace

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Show survivors you understand by establishing a disclosure-friendly policy. This will allow employees to feel free to discuss what they are experiencing and have a plan of action when the need arises. Domestic violence is endemic within our community and society. It breeds the perpetration and perpetuation of crime in our society. With over 85% of…

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Announcing… Nicole Kidman!

Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support Announces Nicole Kidman as Keynote Speaker for 27th Annual Luncheon Leigh Anne Haugh to Serve as Luncheon Chair (Dallas, Texas) – Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support today announced Nicole Kidman as the keynote speaker of the 27th annual Genesis Luncheon. Kidman joins a highly-respected list of past luncheon speakers, including…

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Understanding Verbal Abuse

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“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

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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

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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

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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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