Domestic Violence

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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How to Apply for a Protective Order

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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

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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 is Domestic Violence Awareness Month!

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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Guest blog: Substance Abuse and Healthy Relationships

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Guest blog written by Addiction Campuses exclusively for Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support Substance abuse does not cause domestic violence, whether the victim or perpetrator of violence is abusing drugs or alcohol. However, there is evidence linking substance abuse to approximately half of all reported intimate partner violence (IPV) events (Soper, 2014), which is cause…

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