October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month! To bring attention to the prevalence of Domestic Violence during the COVID 19 pandemic, we will be joined by community leaders whose unique perspectives on DV issues will aide us as we broaden the platform on community programs and victim services. Please welcome: Judge Jennifer Gerard of the Riverside Superior Family Court, Katie Gilbertson, Executive Director of SAFE Family Justice Centers, and Jacquie Marroquin of the CPEDV.

As a panel, we will engage in understanding the effects of the pandemic in the domestic violence provider community and evaluate relevant strategies – In other words, were we ready?

Finally, we will explore some of the internal and external resources that were utilized to address the needs of the COVID 19 emergency climate by taking a look at where we are and where we go from here. Please join us!

Judge Jennifer Gerard bio

Hon. Jennifer Gerard


Riverside Superior Family Court

Appointed as Judge of the Superior Court of California, for the County of Riverside on July 23, 2018.

Judicial Experience: 

  • Supervising Judge Family Law, Superior Court of California, County of Riverside, Family Law Division, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, March 2020 to present
  • Judge, Superior Court of California, County of Riverside, Family Law Division, July 20, 2018 to March 2020
  • Commissioner, Superior Court of California, County of Riverside, Family Law Division, December 1, 2017 to July 19, 2018

Legal Experience:

  • Deputy District Attorney, Riverside County, Domestic Violence Unit
  • Private Practice 2007 – December 2017, practicing in criminal law, juvenile law and legal guardianship cases
  • Jennifer Gerard Esq., Inc. – Juvenile Delinquency and Dependency

Katie Gilbertson

Executive Director

SAFE Family Justice Centers


Katie earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Corrections in 2010 and has over 14 years of experience in Victim Advocacy providing services to the community’s most vulnerable victims and underserved populations.

Throughout Katie’s Career she served in roles as a confidential Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Counselor, providing crisis hotline support and accompaniment to victims of crime during law enforcement interviews and forensic medical exams, facilitating victim centered practices during the initial investigation and ensuring a trauma-informed approach.

In 2018, Katie was promoted to Regional Manager within the Division of Victim Services, where she currently oversees the SAFE Family Justice Centers. The centers serve victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, child and elder abuse in all of Riverside County from four regional locations. The centers serve as a safe and confidential place for victims of abuse to get help, learn about safety planning, and get connected with critical life saving services from a variety of government and community based partner agencies all working together to help adults and families reach safety.

Jacquie Marroquin

Director of Programs

California Partnership to End Domestic Violence


Jacquie Marroquin began her work in the violence against women movement in 2001 working with domestic violence and sexual assault survivors in the Central Valley. Jacquie has managed programs, provided domestic violence, sexual assault and anti-oppression trainings at local, statewide and national levels.

Currently, Ms. Marroquin is the Director of Programs for the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, where she oversees the Capacity-Building, Communications and Policy programs. She is a 2006 graduate of San Francisco State University, Court/Legal Interpreting Program, 2010-2011 Fellow of New York University’s Women of Color Policy Network, and 2012-2013 Women’s Policy Institute Fellow.