|Deborah D. Tucker, MPA, President, NCDSV Board of Directors
served as Executive Director of the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence (NCDSV), a position she held from the organization's beginning in 1998, until February 2015. After accepting the position of Domestic Violence Specialist at Child Protective Services, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, NCDSV's Board of Directors elected her to the Board and the office of President.
Debby has been dedicated to ending violence against women
since becoming a volunteer with the first rape crisis
center in Texas in 1974. She was Assistant Director
of the Austin Rape Crisis Center, then co-founded and served as
Executive Director of the Austin Center for Battered
Women from 1977 until 1982. (In 1997, ARCC and ACBW combined into SafePlace.)
1982, Debby became the first Executive Director of
the Texas Council on Family Violence,
a position she held until 1996. She
communities in Texas to establish shelters,
other services for battered women and initiate
battering intervention programs. She represented
battered women and member agencies to the
Texas Legislature. In this role, she promoted laws
and policies to improve the criminal justice and
health and human service systems responses
to domestic violence. Under her leadership, the
Texas Council grew to be one of the largest
coalitions in the country with over 50 staff providing
training and technical assistance, public education
and advocacy. In February 1996, the Texas Council opened the National
Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-SAFE
and 1-800-787-3224 TTY), a
24/7 service for the U.S. and territories.
Sarah M. Buel,
JD, in opening
Tucker, Buel and Associates, a consulting firm offering
to end violence
In May 1998, Sarah and Debby co-founded the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence to sponsor conferences and provide customized training and consultation nationwide. The National Center received funding from the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice to collaborate on the development of curriculum and trainings with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, the National Sheriffs' Association and the National Center for Rural Law Enforcement.
The National Center
has an award-winning website, initially funded by Altria, that provides direct access to information for local, state and national professionals and volunteers. The National Center collaborated with the Avon Foundation for Women to produce educational materials for the Speak Out Against Domestic Violence Campaign and works with many individuals and organizations to address violence in the military community. The National Center consults with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on DELTA (Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancements and Leadership Through Alliances), a program involving 14 state coalitions to advance the prevention of domestic violence. NCDSV consulted from 2007-2011 with the CDC Foundation on the Robert Wood Johnson-funded DELTA PREP program preparing 19 additional state coalitions to initiate in DELTA and initiate evidence-based prevention strategies in their states.
Debby has extensive experience on
the national level. She served as Co-Chair of the U.S. Department of Defense Task Force on
Domestic Violence from 2000-2003. She served as founding Chair of the National Network to End Domestic Violence during its leadership in the passage of the Violence Against Women Act in 1994. She is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence, the Board of Advisors for WomensLaw.org. She co-chairs the National Alliance to End Domestic Abuse with Toby Myers, NCDSV's Vice President, and they serve on the National Leadership Council of Jewish Women International.
In Texas, she served as Treasurer for Texans Against Gun Violence and she chairs the Master of Public Administration Advisory Committee for Texas State University. In 2012, the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration presented Debby with the Alfred M. Zuck PublicCourage Award. In April 2014, the College of Liberal Arts at Texas State University presented her with a Distinguished Alumna Award (video). In May 2014, Debby was inducted (video) into the Texas Women's Hall of Fame. See photo.
Doris Buffet awarded Debby with The Sunshine Lady Award in 2008. She received the National Network to End Domestic Violence’s Standing in the Light of Justice Award in 2005 and the Marshall's and Futures Without Violence's Domestic Violence Peace Prize in recognition of her national leadership. She
has also been honored by the National Association of Social
Workers. In July 2003, along with Fernando Laguarda, Debby was recognized on the NASDAQ sign in Times Square by Lifetime TV. She received the YWCA's Outstanding Achievement
Award and the Texas Council on Family Violence established
the Deborah D. Tucker Staff Achievement Award, of which
she was the first recipient. In addition, the National District
Attorneys Association honored her with their Stephen L. Von Riesen
Lecturer of Merit Award.
E-mail Debby at email@example.com.
Read the Legacy Snapshots feature, "Leading advocates reflect or recalled: Debby Tucker."
Debby is included in TCFV's Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination.
Debby Tucker Inducted, "Gov. Perry Celebrates Texas Women's Hall of Fame 2014 Inductees", Office of the Governor, May 6, 2014. See program, watch video and visit Texas Women's Hall of Fame.
The Texas Women's Hall of Fame Inductees, gather with Texas Governor Rick Perry on May 6, 2014. Standing (from left to right): Col. (Ret.) Kim Olson, Mineral Wells; Texas First Lady Anita Perry, Haskell; Lillie Biggins, Fort Worth; Hon. Nandita Berry, Houston; and Hon. Carolyn Wright, Dallas. Sitting (from left to right): Dr. Ann Stuart, Denton; Joanne Herring, Houston; Deborah D. Tucker, Austin; and Hon. Senfronia Thompson, Houston.