Paris Ducker is originally from the “Golden State” of California. She is just that-Golden. For many of us who work in advocacy, and more specifically, domestic violence, you have worked with her in some way. And, she has supported many of us in kind. While most of her time is spent behind the scenes, you can rest assured she is somewhere cheering on those out front. Not only in words, but in action. She comes from out of the shadows as well, whether it’s to lead the Connecting the Dots Symposium, her own administrative business pursuits or as the newly elected Board Chair for WIANL, Inc. If you’re serious about helping the community, she’s serious about using her skill sets to help you succeed. We invite you to learn more about the behind the scenes but very out front work and passion of our latest BOTG Blog feature, Paris Ducker.

How long have you been doing what you do? “I started working in advocacy against DV in 2013.”

What types of services does your organization provide? “I am a part of the Healing Grace Counseling Ministry of Abundant Grace Fellowship. We offer referral services, counseling with our licensed counselors on staff as well support for victims and survivors of DV.  In 2014 we created a community forum called “Connecting the Dots”. This forum connected many service agencies, non-profits, medical practitioners and the faith community to come together to offer the services and support they provide to the victims, survivors and families that have been affected by Domestic Violence.”

What made you decide to pursue this journey? “I have seen the damage that domestic violence can cause, and I wanted to become a part of the solution to end it and bring awareness to others.” 

What are some of the most gratifying parts of what you do? “Working behind the scenes supporting other advocates, convening Connecting the Dots on a yearly basis and seeing connections and friendships formed. Supporting other advocates in the fight against Domestic Violence, sharing victories large or small.” 

What are some of the most disheartening things about what you do? “Seeing a person or family go through the pain of Domestic Violence; the hurt and lasting effects it can cause. Feeling helpless because there is only so much that we can do and understanding that not everyone can escape. And, even when they attempt many times, they may go back to their abuser.”

Do you have any events coming up? “Yes the 2020 Virtual Connecting The Dots Community Forum is scheduled for Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 10am.”

Do you have any needs that would help you better do what you do? “We will be hosting a fundraiser in the fall to support some of our community advocates.  I will have more information about this later.”

What main point(s) do you want the readers to take away from this article? “I would like for the readers to know that the fight against Domestic Violence is not easy but it is necessary. We have an obligation to help those, male or female, that are suffering at the hands of an abuser. Also, remember the children that suffer as well.  Think about how you can support this fight. You don’t have to be an advocate that is out front. You can choose an organization of your choice and support them financially monthly, donate items that are needed, and send letters to the leaders you have voted into office and let them know that you desire to see more dollars allocated for the fight against Domestic Violence.”

How can people get in touch with you? FB – Healing Grace Counseling Ministry & Email: prducker@gmail.com

About Paris Ducker: Paris Ducker is passionate about the fight against Domestic Violence.  She is a graduate of the Leadership Memphis Grassroots Class of 2016.  Paris is the Board Chairman of WIANL and is honored to be a part of an organization that is consistent in the fight against Domestic Violence.  Paris is a career Executive Assistant and as a coach to Executive and Administrative Assistants; she has a passion to see others in her field grow as leaders.  She is a Certified Life Coach and loves to guide others on how to move from their stagnant place.