In 1977, South Lake Tahoe Women's Center was founded by a handful of dedicated volunteers who established a rape crisis hotline in response to an increasing incidence of sexual assaults in the community.

By 1980, the Sexual Assault Program was in full operation and continues to provide outreach and education to the community, as well as comprehensive direct services for adults and children.

In 1981, the agency added the Domestic Violence Program to offer community education, and comprehensive direct services, including emergency food and shelter, for victims of domestic violence and their children.

By 1986, the agency had begun providing age-appropriate child abuse prevention education to grades K-12. Over the years, the Women’s Center’s programs expanded to include comprehensive services for survivors of violence. 

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South Lake Tahoe Women's Center 
2941 Lake Tahoe Boulevard
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Phone: (530) 544-2118
Toll-free: (866) 544-2118
Fax: (530) 542-7624
24-Hour Crisis Line: (530) 544-4444
24-Hour Toll-free Crisis Line: (888) 750-6444

Alpine County Women's Center 
290 Old Pony Express Road
Markleeville, CA 96120

Phone: (530) 694-1853
Fax: (530) 694-2184
24-Hour Crisis Line: (530) 544-4444
24-Hour Toll-free Crisis Line: (888) 750-6444

Women's Center History

1977 South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center is opened by a handful of volunteers to provide a rape crisis hotline.

1980 Rape crisis hotline develops into comprehensive services for sexual assault victims.

1981 Domestic violence services are added, including a 52-week Batterers’ Treatment program.

1986 Child abuse prevention services are added, including prevention education at local schools.

1991 The Emergency Domestic Violence Shelter is purchased.

1995 The Transitional Housing Program is started.

1999 Business office building is purchased.

1999 Sexual assault services are expanded to Alpine County.

2001 The Transitional Housing property is purchased.

2001 Children's play areas are built at the business office and at the Emergency Shelter.

2003 Domestic violence services are expanded to Alpine County.

2003 Domestic Violence Response Team is established, in collaboration with South Lake Tahoe Police Department and the District Attorney’s office.

2006 The Transitional Housing property is remodeled.

2007 30th Anniversary!

2009 Home visit services become available in Alpine County

2009 Parent to Parent safe exchange and supervised visitation program is available at the South Lake Tahoe Women's Center.

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South Lake Tahoe Women's Center provides comprehensive services that directly benefit the health and well-being of our community’s families. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. No appointments are needed.

Our services are free, confidential, available to women, men, and children, and include:

- Emergency Domestic Violence Shelter for up to 90 days

- Transitional Housing for up to 18 months

- Legal advice and / or representation for low-income survivors

- Advocacy / accompaniment through legal and medical processes

- 24-hour crisis hotline and crisis intervention counseling

- Response-team services with law enforcement, district attorney, and hospital staff

- Individual counseling for adults and children

- Weekly support groups for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors

- Child abuse prevention education in local schools

- 52-week Batterers Intervention and Prevention program for men and women

- 80-hour crisis intervention certification course (required for all staff and volunteers)

- Emergency clothing, food and transportation

- Referrals to other social service providers and local government agencies

South Lake Tahoe Women's Center is the only provider of domestic violence and sexual assault services from South Lake Tahoe west to Kyburz, CA, north to Placer County, CA, and east to Douglas County, NV – and is the only provider in all of Alpine County, CA.
South Lake Tahoe Women's Center
Celebrating 34 years of service to our community.