|When Deborah D. Tucker, MPA, and Sarah M. Buel, JD, founded the National Training Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence in 1998, their vision was to create an organization that encouraged and created unprecedented levels of collaboration among professionals working to end violence against women. See the National Center's introductory letter to national and state organizations, friends and supporters.
The reason behind this vision was simple: after decades of work in the field, these two women understood that the most successful efforts the kind of efforts that save lives and transform our society are always the result of individuals and organizations working together.
Renamed the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence in 2003, our organization helps a myriad of professionals who work with victims and perpetrators; law enforcement; criminal justice professionals such as prosecutors, judges and probation officers; health care professionals including emergency response teams, nurses and doctors; domestic violence and sexual assault advocates and service providers; and counselors and social workers. In addition to these professionals, the National Center also works with local, state and federal agencies; state and national organizations; educators, researchers, faith community leaders, media, community leaders, elected officials, policymakers, and all branches of the military.
This breadth of experience brings a high level of expertise to our work, whether that work involves training, consultation or public policy advocacy. Having partnered with so many diverse groups in all 50 states, as well as Mexico and Puerto Rico we are able to share the big picture around issues of domestic and sexual violence, and to connect organizations and people who benefit by knowing one another, but who might not connect otherwise.
Perhaps though, the most important thing to know about the work of the National Center is how much we all enjoy doing it. We look forward to helping you in any way we can, as we work together to end violence against women.