Exciting news about leadership at Jane Doe Inc.
February 03, 2015
The Board of Directors of Jane Doe Inc., the Massachusetts Coalition against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, is pleased to announce the appointment of Debra J. Robbin, Ed.M., as the Executive Director. Since joining Jane Doe Inc. in 2002, Debra has provided leadership for the Coalition’s advocacy, education and prevention efforts. She has served as the Interim Executive Director since October 2014.
“Debra’s experience, credentials, and passion for social justice are a great match for our organization. The Board and the membership admire Debra’s intelligence, compassion and vision, and we look forward to working with her to ensure that Jane Doe Inc. is a vibrant, inclusive and effective coalition on behalf of all survivors of sexual and domestic violence,” stated Suzanne C. Dubus, President of the Jane Doe Inc. Board of Directors.
Working to support survivors and prevent sexual and domestic violence for more than 30 years, Debra is a respected leader across Massachusetts and the nation. She noted, “It is a privilege and an honor to work with our member programs to ensure safety and justice for survivors in all communities. Sexual and domestic violence are widespread public health and public safety issues that require our vigilance, innovation and a commitment to the belief that we can create a better world based on equity and justice for ourselves and future generations.”
Debra has played a central role in the policy, prevention and services initiatives of the Coalition. Under her leadership, the Coalition has expanded its efforts to mobilize men and boys, to address the needs of underserved communities, and to strengthen both core services and prevention efforts. Through her involvement with the Governor’s Council to Address Sexual and Domestic Violence, her role as Co-Chair of the Massachusetts State Prevention Team and Teen Sexual and Dating Violence Prevention Task Force, she has helped shape the policies and priorities of the state’s systems and services in supporting survivors, holding offenders accountable, and preventing violence and abuse.
While in college at Clark University, Debra began in this work as an intern with Daybreak, the domestic violence program at the YWCA of Central Massachusetts. She later served as Executive Director of The Women’s Center in New Bedford, overseeing programs in women’s health, domestic violence and sexual assault. During her ten years at Casa Myrna, Debra’s accomplishments included training hundreds of service providers through an infant mortality prevention grant, developing numerous culturally appropriate curriculum and resources, creating a peer led teen dating violence prevention project, and founding SafeLink, the first statewide domestic violence hotline.
Debra has trained and presented locally, statewide and nationally on sexual assault and domestic and dating violence issues, gender equity and violence prevention. She has been a consultant to numerous health care and human service providers, schools and community-based organizations on program development, non-profit management, evaluation measures and grant writing. She was an early board member of Massachusetts Chapter of Employers Against Domestic Violence and has volunteered with several community-based organizations as a board member and facilitator, with a particular interest in social justice, youth empowerment and community organizing.
Jane Doe Inc. is the only statewide membership and advocacy coalition working to end and prevent sexual and domestic violence in Massachusetts. The Coalition’s members of nearly 60 community-based sexual and domestic violence organizations are the local hubs of expertise in cities and towns across the Commonwealth.
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