Rebuilding Safe and Hopeful Lives in Washoe County since 1977

A Leader in the Field of Domestic Violence Advocacy

The Domestic Violence Resource Center (formerly the Committee to Aid Abused Women) provides free services for people experiencing family violence. We connect individuals and families in Washoe County with essential resources to help them restore safety and reclaim their lives.

Providing Support in Any and All Capacities

With access to our support groups, housing options and legal referrals, those who come to the Domestic Violence Resource Center for help are able to start rebuilding their lives immediately. Whether it’s a phone call to our 24-hour hotline 775.329.4150 for advice or a need for immediate emergency help like housing, the Domestic Violence Resource Center provides support in any and all capacities for families experiencing violence.

Here at the Domestic Violence Resource Center, it is extremely important that those who reach out for help feel safe and comfortable at all times. We offer full anonymity and are always there for victims when needed.

Our Philosophy

Connecting individuals and families in Washoe County with essential resources to help them restore safety and reclaim their lives.

Our Values

Connect

Keep It Integral

The Domestic Violence Resource Center provides free services for people experiencing family violence. We connect individuals and families in Washoe County with essential resources to help them restore safety and reclaim their lives.

Support

In All Capacities

With access to our support groups, housing options and legal referrals, those who come to the Domestic Violence Resource Center for help are able to start rebuilding their lives immediately. 

Accessibility

Anytime, Anywhere

Whether it’s a phone call to our 24-hour hotline 775.329.4150 for advice or a need for immediate emergency help like housing, the Domestic Violence Resource Center provides support in any and all capacities for families experiencing violence.

Safety

It’s Our Priority

Here at the Domestic Violence Resource Center, it is extremely important that those who reach out for help feel safe and comfortable at all times. We offer full anonymity and are always there for victims when needed.

Staff

  • Alyssa Ropell
    Alyssa Ropell Development Coordinator

    775.329.4150

  • Denise Yoxsimer
    Denise Yoxsimer Executive Director

    775.329.4150

  • Jillian Miner
    Jillian Miner Officer Coordinator

    775.329.4150

  • Katie Melkonian
    Katie Melkonian Development Assistant

    775.329.4150

  • Malena Raymond
    Malena Raymond Grants Administrator

    775.329.4150

  • Margie Chavis
    Margie Chavis Assistant Protection Order Advocate

    775.325.6729

  • Maria Carranza
    Maria Carranza Crisis Intervention Counselor / Advocate

    775.329.4150

  • MariaJose Taibo
    MariaJose Taibo Protection Order Office Intake Assistant

    775.328.4238

  • Mayra Rodgriguez
    Mayra Rodgriguez Child & Family Advocate

    775.329.4150

  • Rosa Martinez
    Rosa Martinez Lead Child & Family Advocate

    775.329.4150

  • RoseAnne Rivera
    RoseAnne Rivera Volunteer Coordinator

    775.329.4150

  • Sarah Sloan
    Sarah Sloan Children's Program Advocate

    775.329.4150

  • Sonia Aguilar
    Sonia Aguilar Secretary Receptionist

    775.329.4150

  • Suzy Coffin
    Suzy Coffin Transitional Housing Program Manager

    775.329.4150

  • Sylvia Gonzalez
    Sylvia Gonzalez Director of Client Services

    775.329.4150

  • Tami Utzig
    Tami Utzig Protection Order Program Director

    775.328.3826

  • Tracy Geraghty
    Tracy Geraghty Courtroom Advocate

    775.328.3568

Board of Directors

  • Betsy Logue
    Betsy Logue IGT
  • Charlene Hart
    Charlene Hart Chair | University of Nevada Reno
  • Chris Myers
    Chris Myers Board Treasurer | Community Volunteer
  • Christopher Day
    Christopher Day Washoe County District Attorney's Office
  • Jim Richardson
    Jim Richardson Community Volunteer
  • Julia Jones
    Julia Jones KPS3
  • Laura Jacobsen
    Laura Jacobsen McDonald Carano Wilson
  • Lesley Pittman
    Lesley Pittman Sierra Strategies LLC
  • Lisa Harris
    Lisa Harris Board Secretary | NV Energy
  • Margaret Friedrichs
    Margaret Friedrichs Community Volunteer
  • Marlene Lockard
    Marlene Lockard Board Vice Chair | The Lockard Group
  • Rayleen Cudworth
    Rayleen Cudworth Community Volunteer
  • Sandy Marz
    Sandy Marz Community Volunteer

Our History

Joni Kaiser

FOUNDER

HISTORY

The Domestic Violence Resource Center, formerly known as the Committee to Aid Abused Women (CAAW), was founded by Joni Kaiser in 1977. At that time, CAAW was the first domestic violence program in the state of Nevada. Beginning in a one bedroom apartment, Joni and a coalition of community supporters grew CAAW to ultimately provide supportive services at five community locations. As a leader in the field of domestic violence advocacy, the Domestic Violence Resource Center is committed to offering state-of-the-art life saving services including: a 24-hour emergency hotline 775.329.4150 advocacy and individualized case management, emergency shelter, transitional housing and protection order assistance.

Rebrand

2017 REBOOT

Today

Always moving forward

Domestic Violence Resource Center’s services includes a 24-hour emergency hotline, advocacy and individualized case management, emergency shelter, transitional housing and Temporary Protection Order (TPO) assistance.

What Our Partners Have To Say

Boris and Vera Bogart Foundation

2017 DONOR

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“Our donation helped rebuild the waiting area of the center to make it more comfortable for families in need.”

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