Genesis Women's Shelter & Support

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Genesis Women's Shelter & Support provides shelter, safety, counseling, and expert services to battered women and their children.

Mission: To provide quality safety and shelter to battered women and their children through crisis intervention and short term crisis therapeutics and to reduce the occurrence of violence against women and children in the greater Dallas area. We are also committed to raising the level of community awareness regarding the pervasiveness and effects of domestic violence.

Earlier this year, one of our clients had to choose between using the small amount of money she had left to pay for her ...
11/19/2020

Earlier this year, one of our clients had to choose between using the small amount of money she had left to pay for her electricity bill or buying food for her children. Thanks to the generosity of one of our donors, we were able to provide her with a Target gift card for groceries and she was able to use her money to pay the electricity bill. With your help, we plan on reminding each and every client that she is valued and loved this holiday season. Get involved with the #GenesisHoliday program now: www.genesisshelter.org/holiday

Understanding the role culture plays in how we view domestic violence can allow us to have compassion and empathy for su...
11/18/2020

Understanding the role culture plays in how we view domestic violence can allow us to have compassion and empathy for survivors, gaining insight into their experiences. Additionally, understanding underlying cultural components in a domestic violence dynamic can inform best practices when working with survivors of domestic violence. Read our latest blog to learn more: https://www.genesisshelter.org/domestic-violence-and-culture/

Looking for a way to give back this holiday season? Then mark your calendar for Saturday, November 29, when CultureMap D...
11/13/2020
Drop off supplies and spread optimism at Genesis donation event in downtown Dallas

Looking for a way to give back this holiday season? Then mark your calendar for Saturday, November 29, when CultureMap Dallas and Frost Bank are hosting a donation drop-off for us! Read more and check out the items that we currently need. Can't wait to see you next Saturday!

Looking for a way to give back this holiday season? Then mark your calendar for Sunday, November 29, when CultureMap and Frost Bank are hosting a donation drop-off benefiting Genesis ...

Genesis Women's Shelter & Support
11/13/2020

Genesis Women's Shelter & Support

In order to keep our staff, clients and volunteers safe, we have limited our Holiday Program to gift cards this year. But what difference can a gift card REALLY make? All the difference in the world. Get involved today: www.genesisshelter.org/holiday

ALL-CALL: WARM CLOTHES NEEDED! We're preparing for a long, cold winter and we need coats, gloves and hats of all sizes f...
11/12/2020

ALL-CALL: WARM CLOTHES NEEDED! We're preparing for a long, cold winter and we need coats, gloves and hats of all sizes for the women and kiddos at our shelter. Simply click on our Amazon wish list link, select the items you'd like to buy, and select "C Test - GWSS" as delivery address to ensure our much-needed items are sent to the correct location. Thank you for your support! Shop now: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2MIV2H5M8AG0Y?&sort=default

This has been a challenging year for us all; full of uncertainty, change and hardship. For children, their whole worlds ...
11/09/2020

This has been a challenging year for us all; full of uncertainty, change and hardship. For children, their whole worlds have been turned upside down. For children who have been impacted by the trauma of domestic abuse, this time can be even more devastating. Read our latest blog to learn more: https://www.genesisshelter.org/virtual-learning-and-domestic-violence/

In order to keep our staff, clients and volunteers safe, we have limited our Holiday Program to gift cards this year. Bu...
11/06/2020

In order to keep our staff, clients and volunteers safe, we have limited our Holiday Program to gift cards this year. But what difference can a gift card REALLY make? All the difference in the world. Get involved today: www.genesisshelter.org/holiday

While the past year has been uncertain for everyone, it has proven to be particularly difficult for women and children t...
11/04/2020

While the past year has been uncertain for everyone, it has proven to be particularly difficult for women and children trapped in abusive homes. But with your help, we plan on reminding each and every client that she is valued and loved this holiday season. Visit our holiday website and get involved today! www.genesisshelter.org/holiday

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11/04/2020

Genesis Women's Shelter & Support's cover photo

Today, we stand on the shoulders of all the Americans and activists who have worked tirelessly toward equal voting right...
11/03/2020
Polling Place Locator - Vote.org

Today, we stand on the shoulders of all the Americans and activists who have worked tirelessly toward equal voting rights for all. By recognizing this privilege and exercising our right to vote, we ensure that our voices are heard. If you haven't already voted, make sure to vote today! Find your polling location here: https://www.vote.org/polling-place-locator/

Wondering where you vote on Election Day? Use our polling place locator to find out.

Tune in on November 10 to join us as we discuss fighting for women’s rights through legislation and local women’s organi...
10/29/2020

Tune in on November 10 to join us as we discuss fighting for women’s rights through legislation and local women’s organizations. Join us for our final Lecture Series of the year - The Evolution of the Solution. Purchase your ticket to the virtual event at www.genesisshelter.org/lecture.

Today is #purplethursday, a day to wear purple to show survivors of domestic violence that there is a network of support...
10/22/2020

Today is #purplethursday, a day to wear purple to show survivors of domestic violence that there is a network of support surrounding them. On Purple Thursday and every day, we stand ready to advocate for everyone's right to an abuse-free future. If you're experiencing abuse, help and hope are only a phone call away 214.946.HELP (4357). #DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth

"As we uplift survivor narratives and honor those who work to keep victims safe during Domestic Violence Awareness Month...
10/21/2020
Conference on Crimes Against Women

"As we uplift survivor narratives and honor those who work to keep victims safe during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we must also take steps to ensure that abuser accountability becomes normal." Thank you to the Conference on Crimes Against Women for sharing this article!

"We don’t ask store owners who’ve been robbed at gunpoint why they chose that line of work, or why their store didn’t have a high-end security system; we go after the robber. Criminal justice authorities and communities must do the same in domestic violence cases."

"As we uplift survivor narratives and honor those who work to keep victims safe during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we must also take steps to ensure that abuser accountability becomes normal, institutional and certain. As long as abusers believe they’ll be able to get away with intimate partner violence, the violence will continue. But it doesn’t have to be that way." #DVAM2020 #DVAM

Close your eyes and think back to adolescence. Is it a sun-kissed day at the beach? Maybe catching fireflies on a lazy, ...
10/19/2020

Close your eyes and think back to adolescence. Is it a sun-kissed day at the beach? Maybe catching fireflies on a lazy, summer night? As we grow into young adulthood, those fond memories might begin to be punctuated by nostalgic thoughts of love. However, memories for many teenagers are dark recollections of punches, verbal degradation or psychological control by partners who claim to love them. Read our latest article to learn about what teens don't see in an abusive relationship: https://www.genesisshelter.org/when-love-is-blind-what-teens-dont-see-in-an-abusive-relationship/

Looking to get in the fall spirit while supporting a good cause? Head over, call in or make a private shopping appointme...
10/16/2020

Looking to get in the fall spirit while supporting a good cause? Head over, call in or make a private shopping appointment to peruse the new Fall Collection at Tory Burch Highland Park Village and Tory Burch NorthPark Center! 20% of the proceeds will go directly back to Genesis’ life-saving services. A lucky shopper will win a gorgeous Tory Burch handbag... what a perfect way to spend the weekend!

Yesterday at the request of Mayor Eric Johnson, the Domestic Violence Task Force released a new report detailing its rec...
10/08/2020
Task Force Makes Recommendations To Address Domestic Violence Problem In Dallas

Yesterday at the request of Mayor Eric Johnson, the Domestic Violence Task Force released a new report detailing its recommendations for reducing family violence aggravated assaults by 25% over three years. We are proud to live in a city where ending domestic violence is a priority, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month and year-round.

It's only October but the city of Dallas is on pace to exceed the 31 murders in 2019 related to family violence. A city task force made recommendations on Wednesday to address the problem.

Today marks the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time to honor survivors and connect advocates and othe...
10/01/2020

Today marks the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time to honor survivors and connect advocates and others working toward change. Even during the midst of a pandemic, there are ways to get involved from the safety and comfort of your own home to show survivors that there is a community of support surrounding them and fighting for them. See how: https://www.genesisshelter.org/1929-2/

Are you wondering how you can stay involved with Genesis when many of us still don't feel comfortable leaving our house?...
09/29/2020

Are you wondering how you can stay involved with Genesis when many of us still don't feel comfortable leaving our house? That's easy! Give to the women and kiddos staying at our shelter while shopping from the comfort and safety of your couch! Visit our Amazon Wish List, purchase as little or as many items as you choose, and have them shipped directly to us! Shop now: bit.ly/genesiswishlist

Genesis Women's Shelter & Support's cover photo
09/28/2020

Genesis Women's Shelter & Support's cover photo

Because of the dedication of Genesis volunteers, our doors have remained open and our lights have stayed on for more tha...
09/28/2020

Because of the dedication of Genesis volunteers, our doors have remained open and our lights have stayed on for more than 35 years, allowing us to provide safety, shelter and support to victims of domestic violence – even during a pandemic. Read our latest blog to see how you can join the movement and get involved: https://www.genesisshelter.org/volunteering-during-a-pandemic/

Have you guys seen this amazing jewelry collection by Mantra and Co.? Dig into some shopping and feel good while you're ...
09/23/2020

Have you guys seen this amazing jewelry collection by Mantra and Co.? Dig into some shopping and feel good while you're at it - all net proceeds are being donated back to us to ensure our lights will be on and our doors will be open for the 4,000 women and children who rely on us each year. https://www.mantraandco.com/the-genesis-collection.html#/

We are absolutely loving our collaboration with @genesiswomensshelter right now! 🌈⚡️💕





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Today's the first day of fall, and that means cooler weather is just around the corner! Bundle up in a soft and cozy swe...
09/22/2020

Today's the first day of fall, and that means cooler weather is just around the corner! Bundle up in a soft and cozy sweatshirt, pullover or hoodie while supporting women and children who have experienced abuse. Multiple designs and colors are available, so visit the Genesis Market to pick yours up today! https://www.bonfire.com/store/genesis-market/

"With the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we are reminded of the tremendous value her life’s work ...
09/21/2020

"With the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we are reminded of the tremendous value her life’s work has contributed to women’s rights. While we join humanity in mourning the loss of her indomitable spirit in conversations of equality, freedom and justice, we are swiftly reminded more so of the debt we all owe both to her memory and to the future of women everywhere." Read more about her legacy and challenge to us all in the latest Genesis blog: https://www.genesisshelter.org/when-there-are-nine-a-challenge-from-justice-ginsburg/

WE DID IT! Because of your gifts and the generosity of our matching funds donor Texas Irish Foundation, we surpassed our...
09/18/2020

WE DID IT! Because of your gifts and the generosity of our matching funds donor Texas Irish Foundation, we surpassed our goal and raised more than $170,000! We are so incredibly grateful for new donors and old friends alike who supported Genesis this #NTxGivingDay - THANK YOU!

We're ALMOST there! We've raised $125,000 so far, but we still have a ways to go. Can you donate now to help push us acr...
09/18/2020

We're ALMOST there! We've raised $125,000 so far, but we still have a ways to go. Can you donate now to help push us across the finish line so we hit our #NTxGivingDay goal of $150,000? www.northtexasgivingday.org/genesis

We’re officially at the $100,000 mark! Can you help us cross the finish line to reach our goal this #NTxGivingDay? Donat...
09/17/2020

We’re officially at the $100,000 mark! Can you help us cross the finish line to reach our goal this #NTxGivingDay? Donate now: www.northtexasgivingday.org/genesis

We're halfway to our goal! We're so appreciative of each and every gift... because of your support this #NTxGivingDay, w...
09/17/2020

We're halfway to our goal! We're so appreciative of each and every gift... because of your support this #NTxGivingDay, we are able to keep our doors open and our lights on for the 4,000 women and kiddos who rely on us every year! www.northtexasgivingday.org/genesis

We've reached $50,000! We're one third of the way to our #NTxGIvingDay goal... can you make a donation now to help women...
09/17/2020

We've reached $50,000! We're one third of the way to our #NTxGIvingDay goal... can you make a donation now to help women and children who have experienced abuse take their first steps toward help, hope and healing? www.northtexasgivingday.org/genesis

#NTxGivingDay is here! Follow us throughout the day for real-time updates and to track our progress. The first $30,000 w...
09/17/2020

#NTxGivingDay is here! Follow us throughout the day for real-time updates and to track our progress. The first $30,000 we receive will be matched by the Texas Irish Foundation, so donate now to double your impact! www.northtexasgivingday.org/genesis

"A Dallas that is safer for women is a Dallas that will be better for us all." Thank you to The Dallas Morning News edit...
09/08/2020
Expansion at women’s shelter comes at a critical time

"A Dallas that is safer for women is a Dallas that will be better for us all." Thank you to The Dallas Morning News editorial board for helping us spread the word! Now more than ever, services for survivors of domestic violence are critical... and we'll be waiting with our doors open and our lights on.

One of the most important causes in our city got a boost last week. In an online fundraising event that featured a keynote address by actress Nicole Kidman, ...

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My Final Contribution in Support of October 2020 Domestic Violence Awareness Someone in the LGBT community that finds themselves on the battered end of a violent relationship has the initial challenge of identifying as a victim. There is little to be found in common with a heterosexual woman also undergoing spousal abuse, at first glance. That someone may dismiss the conflicts as arguments that got out of hand and perhaps even partially deserved. The anger in those moments is not unshared. Often in that mindset, a belief is held that there is a solution in reach which will somehow relieve the tension. Hope fades. The violence escalates. The control tightens. Suddenly, that person is trapped and completely isolated. The opportunity to flee was missed. It becomes too late. A numbness descends into every limb. As if on pilot, the body freezes in an effort to hide. Over and over, it’s affirmed that one’s life can end in the rage of the person most trusted. Fear fills every vein nothing more. The body remains on alert in both sleep and wakefulness. In both instances, that person, gay or straight, is more the keeper of the watch then the victim. Those murdered were unable to hold back the fury though not for a lack of effort. Their entire existence was concentrated on defense. Rage won as is always its intent. The perpetrators’ arguments of passion may therefore have some traction. What’s left unsaid, is that in the unbridled passion the intent of murder is spawned and demands release. The perpetrators’ motives and character traits are wildly known by most of society today. The victims that manage to find help and often escape learn to identify the behaviors that fueled their abusers’ rage. They begin to understand the control struggle waged against them. If you are someone that has suffered in family violence, have you been able to grasp what attributes in yourself made you a target for this violence? I have seen little information that helps someone understand what that life they encountered really meant to them personally. I am a survivor of that violence. I appreciated the knowledge I acquired about that situation. It’s been a very long time since I was involved. I had the good fortune to acquire the help I needed. Being a gay man experiencing partner violence made it extremely difficult to find healing. Shelters were not willing to assist me in my struggle. Counseling was a tremendous value in reclaiming my dignity. At the time of my recovery there was little in that field that spoke to the control struggle which is the heart of that violence. I could not heal until I understood it. I wanted to be whole again. I searched and found good answers. I found other gay men that began the narrative in their pioneering efforts around it. I learned that my pain would also become a doorway for others to recover because there was so little attention paid to its impact in our community. The part remaining for me, was learning what drew me into that kind if a situation initially. Just as I had to search for my initial understanding of how partner violence played a role in my life as a gay man, I had to learn about those components within myself that allowed for this, on my own, once more. Only this time I had the prior knowledge gained around the issue, as well as, the therapy that provided some lasting degree of insight into myself. I don’t really have any documentation that supports my beliefs; but, the sheer effort on my part to get to those answers I feel qualifies some of these assertions. If they help others to find some clarification in their journey back to themselves I’m glad. I struggled with the question of why I had stayed. I think that the heart of that question is “what else does a person in that situation still have to hold onto?” NOTHING beyond the chaotic and dangerous life offered by the perpetrator who has systematically gotten rid of anything that is outside his/her realm of control. An existence that demands 25/7 (that’s not a typo). Victims believe they have failed before they even start each day. They are always behind in the tasks that in time they learn to place on themselves to prove their own incapability. I believe my partner would have been excellent in the career pursuit of a horse trainer. In time, I was utterly broken. Leave? Go where when you cannot even muster the wherewithal for the life foisted on you? Was it emotional control? It was; but, on the ground, it doesn’t feel that way. One doesn’t feel anyway at all. When your scared out of your wits all emotion fades. It’s an auto-defense that kicks in for protection. It’s actually more like demon possession. Here’s The Real Kicker The idea that victims are weaklings void of self-confidence is a myth. An abuser’s taste for violence matures and becomes refined over time. Victims are chosen for their strong spirits, independence and reliance. We are an acquired taste. All the better to break. That is the thrill a perpetrator seeks- complete control over a person that eventually folds on a life that held great meaning and value. The men and women trapped in violence have a strength that surpasses the norm. Regardless if they survive or perish they are heroes not victims.
Thank you, Genesis, for all you due to help women and children from experiencing what my friend Savannah did. People Magazine and other international publishers have been very vocal about this tragedy. It is so amazing that Savannah's horrific death may lead to many escaping domestic abuse as she is used for awareness. Please share the story if you feel led.. we never know who is secretly suffering
OCTOBER 2020 Family Violence Awareness Month . I wrote this tribute a couple of years back to primarily share with my extended family which at this juncture includes only my siblings, cousins, their children and a well-loved aunt by marriage who is the lone survivor of the generation that raised all of us. I also wanted to provide a window into the time In our history when women had absolutely no help or protection against their violent spouses. A woman from a wealthy family stood a better chance of survival . The savvy perpetrator found other outlets for his rage in order to continue whatever level of control he held with her finances. The emotional toll was the same in most cases as it was for my aunt born into a poor immigrant family who like most women in that era was beaten with impunity. Honoring the life of Genevieve Havlak Phillips I am addressing you today to talk about the history of domestic violence in the Havlak family, This is our family, for you are my siblings and cousins and your children, as well. Those children were not yet born. Many of you, also were too young and too sheltered to know about this part of our story, Genevieve Havlak Phillips was our aunt. We knew of her as Aunt Jenny. None of us ever met her. She was never present at any family gatherings I attended as a child. She was the elephant in the room that no one spoke about. Her absence, however, was always felt. Her siblings, our parents, were in constant high alert anticipating her return. A return that would not happen until a very sad day in the far, far future. My interpretation of our Aunt Jenny is flawed and sketchy . Older cousins , Mary Ann and Lillian were adults at the time of her death and may have more accurate details. I draw on my source as a son of one of her sisters that perpetually agonized over her disappearance . I was raised by these women. In hushed whispers I witnessed how they were affected by their loss of her as the years progressed. Genevieve married a man from their hometown by the last name of Phillips. He apparently was violent with her from the beginning. Aunt Toni and Aunt Agnes were teenagers at the time, still living at home in Rowena, Texas. Toni talked to me about how the two of them would call him out as a coward for his treatment of their now married sister when they ran into him at the drugstore soda counter. In time, they had four children. Bernard, Eugene and Jimmy were their sons. Their only daughter was named Mary Lee. Phillips moved them around a lot, in time, isolating Aunt Jenny further from her family. She would upon occasion call on them for support. In time, four of the sisters migrated to Dallas. By that time, Aunt Jenny was unable to support her children. She sent them to live in an orphanage in Dallas. Her sisters worked as domestics in Highland Oark homes so they themselves had no means to House them so instead they over saw their care and provided some financial assistance. In time she snd her husband must have had s change in fortune. She took the children out of the orphanage . The boys , Iwent to live with Uncle Emil and Aunt Emma in Rowena where they finished high school. She took her daughter with her and again disappeared. This was around the late 1940’s. There was some communication that Phillips had been killed in an industrial accident. Little else. The years past. A victim of domestic violence often falls away from the family of origin. The habitual pattern of returning to the abuser is shameful and painful. The victims want to spare their families while also protecting the perpetrator. Our Grandmother had a huge hole burned into her heart. Her relations with all of her daughters , I believe , were complicated. She knew from the beginning that the marriage of Genevieve was flawed. She became silent when that child could no longer be reached and was torn from her. I only knew our grandmother from our brief visits. She spoke very little English. I spoke even less Czech. Whatever affection she had towards her grandchildren was shown to our older cousins that were versed in her language. It seemed that the woman carried much grief. Somewhere in the early sixties, after a very long stretch of time the family received a phone call informing them of Aunt Jenny’s whereabouts along with the message that she was dying, The family rushed to her. She was found in lying in a charity bed of a hospital in Monahans , Texas . In that period, Monahans was a bleak far West Texas wildcatter oil town. She had by then remarried. That current spouse was even more violent than Phillips. Mary Lee, the daughter was born severely challenged intellectually. She had been loved by her mother who sought to protect her and keep her close with her when she could. The girl matured physically. She was said to be a young beauty. Those attributes if that innocent child caught the attention of the newest abusive spouse. He raped her and in time considered her an adjacent wife to the mother. Mary Lee gave birth to two of his children, All of us who were still children were spared from that information. Genevieve’s brothers confided their anger and frustration to their wives. The sisters were devastated and found support among themselves. Their sister was beaten every day of her married life. Knowing and expecting only violence she drifted into an even more severe relationship. She ultimately sacrificed her own daughter . An aggressive cancer ended Genevieve’s tormented life. She was able to say goodbye to her all of her siblings. More important, her mother found closure in the loss she had been carrying so many years. Our grandmother died s year later with that peace. Mary Lee remained with her rapist raising his children after her mother’s death. The cycle of violence extended to another generation. The violence in a short time required her to be commuted to a mental hospital In time the madness the the poor conditionne forced upon her in that institution ended the humiliation forced upon her. She is lost to us. One of the brothers took her children raising them as his own. All of the brothers went on to have families. They have had occasional contact with the oldest remaining cousins over the years. Most of us never knew them. Genevieve’s siblings, our parents, afterwards mentioned her on rare occasions with the deepest of sadness. They kept her memory alive. Theynever stopped loving her. I gathered from their stories that she was intelligent, She was funny and independent. Any vestige of that was beaten out of her. Her brothers and sisters were powerless to intervene. In that place, in that time marriage was sanctified. There were no services to help women like her. There were no court services to assist her family to get her out of her hell. She died so many times in front of them . I am very sorry they had to endure this. I am sorry that her and her children were tortured and humiliated. In this month of awareness I want to remember our aunt. I also want to grieve for this family member and her children that were stolen from the Havlak clan. Keep her memory. She deserves all of our awareness. When I work with battered women, I think of Aunt Jenny and all of the thousands of women that were brutalized and had no way out. I weep, I do. But, the strength they had gives me courage to continue . UPDATE Since I ran this article I have been put in contact with three of her grandchildren. All of sons carved out good lives for themselves, They each married decent women who they respected and treated well, The grandchildren all established comfortable lives for themselves. Two I have met become quite fond of. The other I am building a friendship. I’ve helped them to become familiar with a large family that is thrilled to have them back where they always have belonged.