Domestic Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Assault. All three of these come with a very specific image in mind. One that often puts women as the victim and men as the abuser. While this image is not inaccurate, it does fail to reflect the broad impact domestic violence has on our communities and our society,…

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in America. Sadly, nearly 700,000 children are abused in the US each year. Studies also show that 60-70% of homes where a woman is abused by her partner, the children are abused as well. And children who were exposed to violence in the home are 15 times more likely…

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Throughout history, women have made numerous and essential contributions to the evolution of humankind and society. However, these contributions have often been yielded invisible or trivialized. As such, since 1981, a version of Women’s History Month has been celebrated to highlight the unique and groundbreaking work of women throughout history. Central to these accomplishments are…

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My name is Cassandra Wesley and my journey with Genesis began a lifetime ago, when I myself fled from an abusive relationship. I often tell people that my life began the day I walked through these doors and, had I not sought services when I did, I would not be who I am today. I…

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On September 13, 1994, President Bill Clinton signed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) which among many things, authorized the creation of the National Domestic Violence Hotline.The Texas Council on Family Violence was awarded the grant of $1 million to build and establish The Hotline and the first call was answered on February 21 1996.…

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The Institute for Coordinated Community Response (ICCR), in collaboration with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), has released a new, free roll call training, “Determining Predominant Aggressor & Self-Defense.” This six-part, on-demand series is geared towards law enforcement – easily viewed during shift change, or “roll call,” meetings – but useful for any…

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Woman sleeping

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 35.2% of adults in the U.S. get less than seven hours of sleep per night. This can be caused by a multitude of reasons including poor sleep hygiene, lifestyle choices, family obligations, sleep disorders, and other medical and mental health conditions. At Genesis, many women and children…

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Serial killers & domestic violence

Trigger warning: discussions of serial killers I will never forget the day that I was introduced to my first true crime podcast. After listening to NPR’s groundbreaking podcast “Serial,” I could not get enough of the genre. Podcasts, documentaries, books, etc. – I soaked it all in. Many of my coworkers share my same interest,…

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