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Patricia R. Cole and Nancy J. Flanakin National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence Records

 Collection
Identifier: 2011-007
The Patricia R. Cole and Nancy J. Flanakin National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence Records documents the organization’s work in providing training and consultation to organizations interested in the prevention of domestic and sexual violence. The collection includes correspondence, legal and legal style documentation, financial documents, printed materials, creative works, clippings, transparencies, forms, publications, posters, CDs, a VHS tape, note cards, handwritten notes, and ephemera created and maintained by The National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence (NCDSV). Because all records had been previously transferred from the organization to create a reference library at UT Austin, it was not possible to maintain original order. Additionally, the files of published literature in the field of domestic violence were removed as this material was deemed not an organic part of the organization's documentation. Where possible, folder contents were kept intact.

The records are arranged into six series with the bulk of the records dated 1998-2004. Administration, Conferences/Workshops, DTFDV (Defense Task Force on Domestic Violence), TCFV (Texas Council on Family Violence), Training/Education, and Tucker, Buel & Associates comprise the main series. The Administration series contains approximately half of the total records. Half of this first series consists of correspondence and a third consists of records of the co-founder, Sarah Buel.

The records are arranged into six series with the bulk of the records dated 1998-2004. Administration, Conferences/Workshops, DTFDV (Defense Task Force on Domestic Violence), TCFV (Texas Council on Family Violence), Training/Education, and Tucker, Buel & Associates comprise the main series. The Administration series contains approximately half of the total records. Half of this first series consists of correspondence and a third consists of records of the co-founder, Sarah Buel.

Administration records (1977-2007, 200 folders) are grouped into seven sub-series; Board of Directors, Donations, Executive Director, Memberships, Resume, Staff, and Staff Projects. Notable records include keynote speeches given by Sarah Buel at various conferences, Buel’s published works on domestic violence, and papers submitted by students of her “Domestic Violence and the Law” class taught during Buel’s time at the University of Texas Law School. Email threads in Nancy Flanakin’s correspondence reveal the NCDSV involvement in issues of national importance. An example of this is the 2004 correspondence showing the organizations involvement in reinstating the domestic violence exclusion in the Homeless Management Information System law. Under this act, domestic violence organizations were being forced to reveal shelter locations in order to sustain certain kinds of funding. Notable documents also include Patricia Cole’s work on welfare reform in regards to domestic violence victims and the Staff Bios contained in the Grant Proposal for Women’s Safety Initiative under the sub-series of Staff Projects.

The Conferences/Workshops records (1995-2005, 38 folders) contain conference folders or packets along with publications, printed material, forms, correspondence, ephemera, and handwritten notes. NCDSV members either participated in or attended the conferences/workshops listed. Notable records include Patricia Cole’s work on poverty and domestic violence at the Tenth Annual National Conference on Domestic Violence and Sarah Buel’s “Expert Witness” presentation at the 2001 Workshop of the same name.

The DTFDV (Defense Task Force on Domestic Violence) records (1996-2004, 101 folders) illuminate staff involvement during the three year period that DTFDV operated. This series is divided into four sub-series: Documents/Reports, Meetings, Site Visits, and Staff Documents. Under the sub-series “Meetings”, the April 2000 Initial Meeting documents the purpose, mission, and vision of the DTFDV.

The TCFV (Texas Council on Family Violence) records (1980-2007, 60 folders) are divided into six sub-series: Administration, Conferences, Ephemera, Manuals, National Domestic Hotline, and Reports/Documents. Both the Administration and Manuals sub-series contain important documents that NCDSV used as reference in creating its own organization and training methods.

The Training/Education series (1977-2007, 34 folders) is divided into four sub-series: Educational Materials, Handouts, Manuals, Slide/Presentations. A particularly chilling handout is a copy of a handwritten note containing a batterer’s rules for his victim.

The small series of Tucker, Buel & Associates contains records (1995-1998, 12 folders) created and maintained by NCDSV members. Items of interest include the materials from “A Domestic Violence Institute for Law Enforcement Trainers” and training materials for a coordinated community response to domestic violence.

The fonds deficiencies’ are that it does not contain founding documents, financial records particular to the NCDSV, and other administrative records.

Acronyms Employed in the Records and Finding Aid

BIPP: Batterer Intervention and Prevention Project

COBTH: Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals

DTFDV: Defense Task Force on Domestic Violence

DOD: Department of Defense

DV: Domestic Violence

HASC: House Armed Services Committee

HMIS: Homeless Management Information System

LECC: Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee

NCADV: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

NCDSV: National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence

NDVH: National Domestic Violence Hotline

NNEDV: National Network to End Domestic Violence

SOFA: Status-of-Forces Agreement

TANF: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

TCFV: Texas Council on Family Violence

USAF: United States Air Force

VAWA: [National] Violence Against Women Act

Dates

  • 1977-2007
  • Majority of material found within 1998-2004

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Extent

12.0 Linear Feet

Historical Information

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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donations 1998-2007 by Debby Tucker and Sarah Buel
Title
Guide to the Patricia R. Cole and Nancy J. Flanakin National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence Records
Author
Margaret Pevoto
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections Repository

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