Jennifer Decker works as a Program Associate for the Center on Victimization and Safety. As part of the Accessing Safety Initiative, she works with collaborations striving to improve services to victims of domestic and/or sexual violence who have disabilities or are Deaf. She brings many years of experience in providing services to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, as well working with individuals and communities to enhance disability advocacy efforts.
Prior to joining Vera, Jennifer worked for Granite State Independent Living (GSIL), New Hampshire’s only independent living center. In this capacity, she worked alongside individuals with disabilities to address advocacy challenges within their daily lives. She also represented GSIL, and the needs individuals with disabilities, on community-based committees, focused on issues directly impacting those with disabilities, including access to healthcare, and accessible transportation.
Jennifer’s work with survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual began in the late 1990’s when she began volunteering on a local crisis hotline. Currently, she works as a per diem after hours supervisor on the same crisis line where her volunteer journey began. In this capacity, she is able to maintain a connection to direct service work, while also providing logistical and emotional support to the volunteers who engage in crisis intervention with survivors.
Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s Degree in social work from the University of Southern Maine, and a Master’s Degree in social work from the University of New Hampshire.