Suzanne C. Dubus joined the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center in 1995 and has served as its chief executive since 1998. She is credited with developing and administering domestic violence prevention programs that are effective, innovative and community-based. A survivor of domestic violence, she understands firsthand what it means to be inside an abusive relationship and how challenging it is to leave, but she also believes that the onus for personal safety should not simply be placed on the victim’s shoulder. Rather, she believes that the responsibility for establishing a safe community belongs to the community itself. That perspective and her evolutionary vision have driven her work at the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center and her success in revolutionizing the paradigm of domestic violence work on a national scale. Vice President Joseph Biden recognized the Crisis Center’s domestic violence high risk team model at the White House in 2010 and said, “We need to replace what we have been doing and replicate this kind of success.” Recognized as an expert in the field, she was named a Champion of Change by the White House in October 2011; is a member of the Massachusetts Governor’s Council on Sexual and Domestic Violence, the Massachusetts Council on Family Serving Agencies, and the board chair of Jane Doe, Inc., the statewide coalition of domestic violence and sexual assault programs.
She lives in Exeter, NH with her daughter.