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

  • Aria Overli
    Aria Overli Volunteer Coordinator

    775.329.4150

  • Ashley Bussiere
    Ashley Bussiere Child & Family Advocate

    775.329.4150

  • Debra Herzig
    Debra Herzig Facilities/Office Coordinator

    775.329.4150

  • Denise Yoxsimer
    Denise Yoxsimer Executive Director

    775.329.4150

  • Katie Melkonian
    Katie Melkonian Client/Donor Database Coordinator

    775.329.4150

  • Malena Raymond
    Malena Raymond HR & Compliance Manager

    775.329.4150

  • Maria Carranza
    Maria Carranza Advocate

    775.329.4150

  • Sonia Aguilar
    Sonia Aguilar Advocate

    775.329.4150

  • Sylvia Gonzalez
    Sylvia Gonzalez Director of Client Services

    775.329.4150

  • Tracy Geraghty
    Tracy Geraghty TPO Advocate Specialist

    775.329.4150

Board of Directors

  • Arnold Maurins
    Arnold Maurins Community Volunteer
  • Christopher Day
    Christopher Day Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith
  • Felicia O’ Carroll
    Felicia O’ Carroll Community Volunteer
  • Jim Richardson
    Jim Richardson Community Volunteer
  • Laura Jacobsen
    Laura Jacobsen Ormat Technologies Inc.
  • Lesley Pittman
    Lesley Pittman Sierra Strategies LLC
  • Lisa Harris
    Lisa Harris NV Energy
  • Margaret Friedrichs
    Margaret Friedrichs Community Volunteer
  • Marlene Lockard
    Marlene Lockard The Lockard Group
  • Rene Reid
    Rene Reid Community Volunteer
  • Severin Carlson
    Severin Carlson Kaempfer Crowell

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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