Family Support Council of Douglas County has been serving residents for over thirty years. As a 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization, we provide a wide variety of confidential and free support, resources, referrals, and educational services as well as emergency shelter for adult and child victims of domestic, sexual, and family, stalking dating violence.

Imagine a community without family violence. Imagine that every child grows up in a home filled with love and safety. Imagine that each elderly person lives out their life without fear. Imagine that parents are gain strength and support through education and peer support. And imagine that school children of all ages learn early on about respect, tolerance, and safe communication. If you can imagine that kind of community here in Douglas County, you can help us build it.

We are not born violent – it is a learned behavior. We can unlearn the behavior and creating a world free from family violence IS possible.

  • We work to help victims find paths to safety and healing.
  • We work to prevent the creation of future victims by raising awareness and fostering community education and discussion.
  • We work to help each individual in our community live free from violence and recognize their own power to change their life.

IF YOU NEED HELP NOW…..Call now, available 24/7.  (775) 720-0377


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Family Support Council of Douglas County
Facebook IconAugust 29, 2014 at 2:35 pm

Family Support Council has received so many donations of personal hygiene products; we have run out of space to store them! So if you or someone you know is in need things such as... soap, toothpaste, shampoo, or conditioner please stop by our office. We are located at 1255 Waterloo Lane in Gardnerville, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In addition to personal hygiene products we also have size 2 diapers.

(All items are available for free on a first come first serve basis, while supplies last.)

Personal Hygiene Product/Size 2 Diapers

Family Support Council has received so many donations of person hygiene products; we have run out of space to store them! So if you or someone you know is in need things such soap, toothpaste,...

Linda Smith Could the Food Closet next door use some of these personal hygiene products for their clients?

August 29, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Family Support Council of Douglas County
August 26, 2014 at 10:24 am

The Family Support Council would like to publicly thank Nancy Epstein for her years of service on the Board of Directors. Nancy worked very hard, serving in multiple offices, including President & Vice President, and made a huge impact on our agency. What a wonderful way to give back to our county! THANK YOU NANCY!

Jeanne Buzzetti Koerner Nancy Epstein you will be greatly missed and for

August 26, 2014 at 9:35 pm


Diane Ortenzio-Cooling Nancy is awesome!

August 26, 2014 at 3:38 pm


Nancy Epstein And thanks to FSC for all they do for our families. Best of luck!

August 27, 2014 at 5:25 pm

Ashley Goering Go Nancy!

August 26, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Family Support Council of Douglas County
Facebook IconAugust 23, 2014 at 11:16 am

Family Health and Wellness Fair! With The Partnership Of Community Resources and Suicide Prevention Network

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Ashley Goering It was good seeing you all!

August 23, 2014 at 11:50 am


Victoria Forzani Nice picture, Jen!

August 23, 2014 at 6:39 pm

Family Support Council of Douglas County
Facebook IconAugust 22, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Family Support Council of Douglas County is hiring…

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Family Violence Shelter Advocate PT

Job Description: Under the direct supervision of the Shelter Director, the Shelter Advocate provides direct services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, stalking and...

Family Support Council of Douglas County
Facebook IconAugust 20, 2014 at 11:01 am

It's Back to School Time! Jenn has put together a short list of 5 things to do to make it easier for you and your kids!

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back to school tips from the Family Support Council

Heidi Netzler Saucedo Wow, that is so helpful!

August 20, 2014 at 11:17 am


Linda Smith Good info from a working Mom of two. Will forward this to our Grand Daughter.

August 20, 2014 at 1:41 pm

Family Support Council of Douglas County
Facebook IconAugust 14, 2014 at 2:20 pm

The Board of Directors and Staff of Family Support Council of Douglas County would like to graciously thank Cory Jo Allen for her tireless efforts and hard work during our transition period. Cory came to us in March of 2014 to spearhead the reorganization of our Agency and has assisted in staff growth and the hiring of our new Executive Director, among an array of other things. Cory has exceeded the expectations of everyone here at Family Support Council. Thank you Cory, we will remember you fondly.

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Carrie Nicolaisen Cory, thank you so very much! I know it's not good-bye!!!

August 14, 2014 at 5:32 pm

Jeanne Buzzetti Koerner Thanks Cory for your hard work! It has paid off!

August 14, 2014 at 5:11 pm

Susan Williams Awesome job Cory!

August 14, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Tami Force Thank you Cory. So excited to see all the changes.

August 14, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Heidi Netzler Saucedo Congratulations Cory and Family Support Council of Douglas County

August 14, 2014 at 2:27 pm

Family Support Council of Douglas County
August 12, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Family Support Council of Douglas County shared Carson Valley Medical Center -- Your Community Hospital's event.

Family Support Council is excited to be one of the many wonderful community partners who will be attending the Family Health and Wellness Fair hosted by Carson Valley Medical Center -- Your Community Hospital. This event is on August 23, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there!

Family Support Council of Douglas County
Facebook IconAugust 12, 2014 at 9:03 am

When we think about supporting families overcome violence, we need to realize that there are always issues that add stress and agitation to the individuals involved. Can we really solve family violence if we don't attack the problems that lead to it?

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Abuse, neglect highest among low-income families - Post-Tribune

The stories are shattering — children as young as a few hours old being killed by a parent’s drug use, or beaten or shaken to death by a family member or mother’s boyfriend — and hard to comprehend at a human level. Between July 1,

Family Support Council of Douglas County created an event.

Family Support Council of Douglas County is pleased to introduce you
to Steve Decker, the Agency’s new Executive Director. After an
extensive executive search process resulting in over thirty-five
applicants, Steve’s selection was the unanimous decision of all the
key stakeholders involved including the Board of Directors and the
Agency Staff.

Looking forward to getting back to a peaceful, rural area similar to
his childhood home in Idaho, Steve brings an extensive experience
overseeing programs working with infants, children, teens, adults, and
seniors in crisis situations.

Steve understands the nonprofit challenges of funding, outreach
efforts, and community bridge-building. He offers the Agency his
values of trust, transparency, and getting things done, along with his
passion to see people move forward through life-changing moments.

Please join the Board of Directors and Staff in welcoming Steve to our
Douglas County community and to the team of community-based agencies.

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Jeanne Buzzetti Koerner Welcome aboard Steve! Congratulations!

August 8, 2014 at 7:11 am


Tami Force Welcome and congratulations.

August 7, 2014 at 6:14 pm


Will you take a stand with us?

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Taking a stance against domestic violence

The Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence (NNADV) recently released its 2013 Domestic Violence Counts Report, detailing the services provided by 12 Nevada domestic violence programs during a 24-hour survey period. Another report citing Nevada’s domestic violence homicides for 2013 was released in…

Family Support Council is very honored to be the recipient of this week’s Genoa's Sweet Sippin Sundays proceeds. Please stop by the registration booth to learn more about Family Support Council’s programs and services; including domestic violence, shelter, parenting and child therapy.

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Congratulations to J.P. Albert! He is the winner of the Family Support Council gift basket give away! J.P. please contact the office at 775 782-8692 or stop by 1255 Waterloo Lane, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to claim your prize. Thank you to everyone for liking our page and the continued support.

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J.P. Albert Thanks. Things are going well right now.

July 29, 2014 at 5:33 pm


Paula K Albert What did you win

July 29, 2014 at 7:19 pm

Jeanne Buzzetti Koerner Congrats JP~ hope you are great!

July 29, 2014 at 3:12 pm

We could not be more excited and grateful for the response we got to our Family Support Council gift basket giveaway. Our page has made it to 272 likes! On behalf of everyone here at Family Support Council we would like to say “thank you” to all of you who helped us achieve this goal. We will be choosing a winner on Tuesday morning, and if we get our page to 300 likes by then there will be an extra surprise added to the gift basket.

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Family Support Council is trying to get our page to 260 likes and we need your help! Once we reach our goal we will be picking a winner at random to get a Family Support Council gift basket. Please take a moment to share our page on your timeline or invite your friends to like our page. Thank you for helping us, so we can continue to help our community.

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Family Support Council of Douglas County We're almost there!!

July 25, 2014 at 7:34 am

Jessica Harmon Shared and liked!

July 25, 2014 at 12:46 pm


Jessica Harmon Shared and liked!

July 25, 2014 at 12:44 pm


Dahleen Roberts Kendler Goal reached..I was 265

July 25, 2014 at 9:35 am


Darice Hawk Shared

July 25, 2014 at 8:51 am


Kris Tengberg #259!

July 25, 2014 at 7:33 am


Christie Etheridge Wonderful organization!!!!

July 24, 2014 at 9:32 pm


Tamarah Williams Thank you !

July 24, 2014 at 8:56 pm


The Salvation Army is trying to make going back to school a little easier for a few children in our area. Please stop by Family Support Council and pick an apple off of the tree to help give a little boy or girl some of the things he or she will need to be ready for the first day of school.

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We are pleased to announce the Agency’s new Board Officers for FY14-15 and anxious to give them our full support.
• President, Sharla Hales
• Vice President, Carrie Nicolaisen
• Secretary, Alicia Main
• Treasurer, Ted Thran

They are supported by FSC’s other Board Members:
• David Aymami
• Nancy Epstein
• Art Eunson
• Jeanne Koerner

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Marcus Armstrong Hey congrats everyone!!!' Great group of professionals!!!! The FSC is in good hands!

July 10, 2014 at 2:06 pm


Tami Force Congratulations to everyone and thank you for all your hard work. What an awesome team!

July 10, 2014 at 12:52 pm


Desiree Paquet Cowden Congrats !! That's awesome!

July 10, 2014 at 11:51 am


Family Support Council provides FREE services:
• Domestic and sexual violence support including temporary
protection orders and court advocacy
• Emergency shelter
• Parenting classes at the Agency and in your home
• Licensed children’s therapy
• Resources and referrals including application assistance
• 24-hour crisis line
We imagine a community with healthy family relationships – call us at 782-8692 – we can do it together.

1 out of 4 Women will be victims of rape or attempted rape by the age of 25. Statistics show that 3 out of 5 of the attempted rapes will occur before the victim is even 18 years old. Family Support Council of Douglas County (FSC) offers advocacy and supportive services for child and adult victims of sexual violence. FSC partners with the Douglas County District Attorney’s office, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Juvenile Probation, and the Partnership of Community Resources to create a Special Victims Response Team (SVRT) aimed towards advocating for these victims. Advocacy services include, but are not limited to; hospital advocacy, a 24 hour crisis line, a confidential SART testing location, Victims assistance applications, and resources and referrals. Advocates are trained to attend Sexual Assault calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can continue services as long as the client deems appropriate. Family Support Council uses the utmost confidentiality when working with a client who has experienced sexual violence. If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual violence, call the advocates at Family Support Council or visit the office at any time.

Family Support Council of Douglas County added a new photo.

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We offer FREE counseling to children ages 6 to 14 who have witnessed interpersonal violence between their parents or primary caretakers. At the Agency we are raising awareness to a known fact that children are traumatized by aggressive conflicts between their primary care takers to a far greater degree than we previously realized. Kids are completely dependent on adults to meet their basic needs and when those adults get out of control kids get scared. The fights may be verbal or physical, kids can witness the fight or hear it, the fight maybe big and ugly or vicious and covert, but to some degree every aggressive altercation between the adults in charge erodes the healthy the innocence of childhood.

Scared kids do not thrive. They have trouble concentrating in school, they develop physical symptoms like stomach aches or headaches. They act out aggressively or withdraw into an isolated depressive state. Kids from chronically conflicted homes are more likely to turn to drug and alcohol in order to cope with the bad thoughts and feelings that stressed out environments engender. Through the counseling process we aim to help these kids find and develop their inner resiliency so they can recover from the traumas and go on to a happier days.

We do this in many child-appropriate ways that look a lot like play, and this is because play in the language of children. So while we are playing games and drawing pictures we are also creating a coherent story about what happened. Within this process the Counselor helps the child correct untrue or distorted ideas about what happened, and why. We identify and change unhealthy and distorted self- perceptions that have resulted from the trauma. We help the child befriend, experience, and consequently clear the difficult emotions that have been generated by the trauma. We teach stress management and relaxation. And most importantly we involve parents in creating an optimal recovery environment for the child.

The Staff at Family Support Council would like to take a moment to thank the Carson Valley 20/30 Club for giving us the opportunity to be a part of the 2014 Carson Valley Days festivities by providing us with a booth at the Carnival this year. Your support to our Agency does not go unnoticed and is very much appreciated. We would also like to thank everyone who stopped by our booth this past weekend. We enjoyed getting the chance to speak with you about the services we provide to our local community.

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Please stop by our booth at Lampe Park tomorrow. Everyone who signs up to receive our e-newsletter will be entered to win a $20.00 Walmart Gift Card! Happy Carson Valley Days!

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2014 People’s Choice Winners
1st Place – Hay Ewe BBQ – Warren Reed Insurance – Todd Wilcks
2nd Place – Big Boy BBQ – GE Bently Nevada/Ginger Easley RE/MAX – Brent Tessman
3rd Place – SWAT – Douglas County Sheriff’s Office – Anthony Field, Ron Elges & Dan Coverly

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2014 Grillin' & Chillin' Winners