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Name: National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence (U.S.)


Historical Note:

Deborah Tucker and Sarah Buel formed the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence (NCDSV) in 1998 to provide customized training and consultation on domestic and sexual violence issues at the national level. Both Tucker and Sarah come from strong backgrounds in the fight against domestic violence.  In 1973, Tucker volunteered with the first rape crisis center in Texas. She became the Assistant Director of the Austin Rape Crisis Center and then became the Executive Director of the Austin Center for Battered Women from 1977 until 1982 (www.ncdsv.org). Tucker was the first Executive Director of the Texas Council on Family Violence, 1982 - 1996.

Sarah, herself a domestic violence survivor, has worked for more than 30 years with battered women and abused children within the legal system. Sarah is currently the Faculty Director of the Diane Halle Center for Family Justice at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Prior to her current position she was a Clinical Professor at The University of Texas School of Law, having started, then co-directed, their Domestic Violence Clinic. She teaches "Domestic Violence and the Law", and some of her students’ papers have been included in the NCDSV records.

Deborah Tucker and Sarah Buel together formed a consulting firm in 1996 called Tucker, Buel, and Associates. The firm provided customized consultation and training to end violence against women. In May of 1998, the two women joined forces again and co-founded the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence.

The organization has played a national role in several areas. It participated in the passage of the Violence Against Women Act, it collaborated in training with the National Sheriffs’ Association and the National Center for Rural Law Enforcement, and several staff members of the NCDSV participated in the Department of Defense Task Force on Domestic Violence (DTFDV). The National Defense Authorization Act established the DTFDV in 1999. Twelve senior members from the Department of Defense and twelve subject matter experts from the private sector comprised the members of the task force. The duty of the task force was to review and evaluate current Family Advocacy Programs and policies and make recommendations for improvement. The task force provided the Department of Defense with a strategic plan to improve domestic violence programs. Staff traveled to both Asian and European military installations to evaluate existing programs and to make recommendations. Tucker served as Co-Chair of this task force from 2000-2003.

Note Author: Margaret Pevoto




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