Deborah DeBare currently serves as the Senior Deputy Director at the National Network to End Domestic Violence, a national membership organization of state and territorial domestic violence coalitions. In this capacity, she provides training and technical assistance to coalitions, senior staff, boards and administrators around the country. She served as the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) for over 22 years, and prior to that, Ms. DeBare served for five years as the Executive Director of the Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County.
Deborah received a Master's degree from the Heller School at Brandeis University and a BA from Brown University. She has served on the Board of Directors for the National Network to End Domestic Violence, Rhode Island Legal Services, the Rhode Island Emergency Food and Shelter Board, the RI Coalition for the Homeless, the CDC’s IPV Prevention Council and numerous statewide task forces and committees to address violence against women. She received the RI Fund for Community Progress’ Annual Award for Service in 2014, the YWCA Woman of Achievement award in 2016, and the RI NASW Community Service Award in 2018, and was recognized by the RI legislature by having the state officially name its funding for domestic violence the “Deborah DeBare Domestic Violence Prevention Fund” in 2018.