Meet Genese Jones-Torrence: transformational leader, activist, and change agent. As the Vice President of Crisis Services at SafeNest, Nevada’s largest domestic violence agency, she heads a dedicated team of trauma-informed advocates at the crisis hotline and emergency shelter. Additionally, Genese lives her passion "out loud" as a humanitarian and truth teller, championing social justice efforts. A vocal and uplifting advisor in several civic organizations, she lends her voice to enhance victim services in Nevada's underserved communities, specifically communities of color and victims facing homelessness.
Inspired to help victims facing dv-related homelessness and displacement create pathways to success, in 2018, Genese led her team in the successful implementation of the DV Housing First model as well as low barriers and reduced rules. A Rapid Re-housing program, Operation Fresh Start, has also been launched and reported an impactful first year. Looking ahead, Genese sees the housing crisis as the “next frontier” in barriers victims face that must be addressed directly by domestic violence service providers.