Mission & History2020-02-19T02:54:10+05:30

Established in 1977, SafeNest is Nevada’s largest, most comprehensive nonprofit dedicated to ending domestic violence by focusing on five core confidential, trauma-informed services: emergency shelter, 24/7 crisis hotline, counseling, advocacy and prevention education.

SafeNest maintains the only confidential domestic violence shelter in Las Vegas; operates a 24-hour crisis hotline (which is sole access point of emergency protection orders in Clark County) and a text-to-chat line; provides individual and group counseling; maintains victim advocates in the justice and law enforcement systems; and provides domestic violence education, prevention, and training programs within the Clark County community.

Across all programs, SafeNest provides direct services to more than 20,000 clients annually, serving Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Boulder City, Mesquite, and surrounding rural areas.


We confidentially protect the interests of victims and survivors of relationship abuse by providing emergency and legal services, safe housing and long-term counseling.


We serve our community by being activists for social justice. We create programs that build awareness of this epidemic and we educate how to recognize and respond to abuse.


We encourage victims and survivors to be hopeful by using their strengths in attaining personal empowerment for a new future.



Tracing roots back to 1977, SafeNest was incorporated as “Temporary Assistance for Women (TAW) when the agency opened the first shelter house for abused women and children in Southern Nevada and launched the 24-hour crisis hotline.

Over the next 20 years, with the help of individual donations, legislation and, state-wide partnerships., TAW was able to add more shelters, open donation and counseling centers, provide critical legal assistance and expand programming.

In 1996 TAW adopted the name “Safe Nest” and opened additional offices in Laughlin, Mesquite and Boulder City.

Today SafeNest is continuing to innovate and grow under the leadership of Liz Ortenburger, Chief Executive Officer. SafeNest has a staff of 91full and part-time staff dedicated to creating social change and preventing domestic violence in Clark County.


A complete history of SafeNest is documented HERE.

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