Serving Northern New Mexico for more than 30 Years
Domestic & sexual violence shelter, service provider & rape crisis center
Providing Crisis Intervention, Support & Recovery and Prevention & Education Services
About CAV

Community Against Violence

(Updated May 2011)

The mission of Community Against Violence, Inc. (CAV) is to foster and support communities free from all forms of domestic and sexual violence.  CAV is the only non-profit agency in Taos County exclusively addressing the needs of victims of domestic/sexual violence.

CAV’s roots date back to 1978. That year several domestic violence disputes resulted in deaths and the County saw an increase in reported rapes. Two different groups of local woman began volunteer-run crisis phone lines and offered emergency shelter and crisis intervention out of their homes. The Battered Women’s Project and Community Against Rape each incorporated as a non-profit and formed Boards of Directors functioning independently until 1992 when they banded together and formed what was then called the Community Against Sexual and Domestic Violence.

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Services & Programs

24-Hour Crisis Line:

24-hour crisis intervention – providing emotional support, safety planning, advocacy and information for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Emergency shelter for women and their children. Short and long-term transitional housing. Individual adult and child counseling and support groups. Assistance to move into independent living.

Assistance obtaining orders of protection. Advocacy and support with criminal cases involving domestic violence or sexual assault. Accompaniment to hospital, urgent care or doctor’s office. Assistance accessing services for financial support.

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How to Help:
Financial contributions match state, federal and foundation grants. Monthly, quarterly, semi-annual or annual payment plans available. Gifts accepted here, at CAV or the CAV Thrift Store.


Community Against Violence, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. Your contribution is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

CAV Thrift Store – donate to or buy from an extensive, ever-changing inventory of clothing, shoes, appliances, books, games, toys, kitchen items, linens, recreational gear and furniture. Sale of these items provides necessary discretionary funds that CAV uses for direct client services. [More…]

CAV Online Store Front – 25% of all sales go directly to CAV.  Please visit and shop to support CAV.

Give Your Way – Oil Painter Mark Asmus donates 30% of all sales to CAV. Please visit his website now to learn more. Other businesses offer snow removal, haircuts to clients, discontinued stock or percentage of sales. Give what you can, when you can. Thank You!

CAV, INC. Awarded 2kW Photovoltaic System by PPC Solar(April 27, 2011, Taos, NM) Locally owned PPCSolar has awarded a 2kW photovoltaic system to the Community Against Violence, Inc. (CAV). The system has a market value of $15,000 and will produce approximately 3300kWhs (kilowatt hours) per year of electricity – eliminating more than two and a half tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually. “It’s a proud moment to be able to give back to the community that has been supporting us,” says Daniel Weinman, CEO of PPCSolar, “and we are elated to award this system to the Community Against Violence, whose mission we support wholeheartedly.”

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