The San Mateo County Domestic Violence Council (DVC)

Domestic Violence impacts an estimated 10,000 people in San Mateo County each year. The County of San Mateo is committed to ending domestic violence and supports a county-based Domestic Violence Council that works to reduce and prevent domestic violence and enhance victims’ services. Within the DVC are two sub-committees: Domestic Violence Awareness Committee and the Legal Process Committee. 

The Domestic Violence Awareness Committee (DVAC)

Focuses on issues related to domestic violence awareness and outreach, aligned with the Domestic Violence Council’s vision. The DVAC does this by facilitating the coordination of participating agencies to meet the needs of all families affected by domestic violence and by developing awareness of issues related to domestic violence through outreach, prevention, and early intervention activities.

The Legal Process Committee (LPC)

The Legal Process Committee consists of representatives from domestic violence legal advocacy community, district attorney, probation, law enforcement and the court and meet quarterly.  The LPC regularly shares information relating to domestic violence and legal procedures in court and helping agencies understand and become aware of new laws and/or procedures.


The DV Council membership shall be composed of categorical and appointed members.  Categorical members are those individuals who serve by virtue of their public or other specifically designated office, and their terms shall be for the terms of their office.  

Categorical Membership:              

A member of the Board of Supervisors; the County Manager or his/her representative, the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court or his/her representative; the Sheriff or his/her representative; the District Attorney or his/her representative; the Coroner or his/her representative; the County Superintendent of Schools or his/her representative; the Chief Probation Officer or his/her representative; the Director of the Health System or his/her representative; the Director of Human Services or his/her representative; the Director of the San Mateo Medical Center or his/her representative.

Appointed Membership (by the Board of Supervisors):

Appointed members shall include a representative of the Council of Cities;  a representative of the Commission on the Status of Women; a representative of the Police Chiefs’ Association; two individuals representing non-profit agencies servicing battered women; one individual representing agencies or individuals who provide treatment services to batterers; one individual representing each of the two non-profit agencies providing legal services to battered women; and four individuals representing the community at large.

Member Title Type Term Representing
Supervisor Carole Groom Chair Categorical   Board of Supervisors
Michael Callagy Member Categorical   County Manager
Lisa Bergman Member Categorical   Superior Court
Noelle Bruton Member Categorical   Health System
Sgt. Joseph Cang Member Categorical   Sheriff's Office
Robert Foucrault Member Categorical   Coroner's Office
Molly Henricks Member Categorical   SMC Office of Education
Shin-Mee Chang Member Categorical   District Attorney's Office
Lori Smiley-Klingler Member Categorical   Probation
Robert Spencer Member Categorical   San Mateo Medical Center
Selina Toy-Lee Member Categorical   Human Services Agency
VACANT Member Appointed   Non-profit
Jill Morris Member Appointed interim Non-profit, CORA
Captain Mark Duri Member Appointed 1/1/19-12/31/22 Police Chief's Association
Becky Arrendondo Member Appointed 6/1/18-6/31/22 Correctional Health
Becky Abens Member Appointed 1/1/19-12/31/22 CSW
Ruben Abrica Member Appointed 1/1/21-12/31/23 Council of Cities
Christine Krolik Member Appointed 1/1/21-12/31/23 Council of Cities
Nicole Reyes Member Appointed 1/1/18-12/31/21 Bay Area Legal Aid
Jenny Horne Member Appointed 6/1/18-6/31/22 Legal Aid Society of SMC
Rose Mukhar Member Appointed 6/1/18-6/31/22 At-Large
Cynthia Hunter Member Appointed 7/23/19-6/31/23 At-Large
VACANT Member Appointed 1/1/21-12/31/24 At-Large
VACANT Member Appointed 6/1/18-6/30/22 At-Large