Jan’s Take

Understanding Verbal Abuse

Wooden Scrabble tiles lay in a pile, with a row of tiles spelling out the word "Support".

“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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Domestic Violence in Later Life

At Genesis Women’s Shelter, we know that domestic violence is an equal opportunity epidemic. There are no neighborhoods or socioeconomic groups that abuse doesn’t touch, nor is it restricted to specific age groups. According to the National Council on Aging, 10% of Americans aged 60 and up have experienced some form of abuse. The actual…

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

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

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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