Here in the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre we recognise that we could not offer such a wide range of services without the ongoing support of our dedicated volunteers.
They are the backbone of the organisation, and we are committed to their care and training.
All volunteers receive extensive training from our volunteer coordinators and other staff members before selection for one of the above programmes.
In addition we provide regular supervision meetings which allow volunteers to share insights and receive mutual support. These meetings also include ongoing training and inputs from other organisations as required.
The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre has a dedicated team of more than 70 specially trained volunteers who operate the following services:
Our telephone volunteers provide a confidential listening and support service 24-hours a day 365 days of the year.
All our telephone volunteers are specially trained to listen carefully and to give support and information and are committed to keeping the calls strictly confidential.
They are there to talk with you, they will listen and understand the issues around sexual violence.
They understand it can be difficult to talk about these issues and will offer encouragement and support to anyone who makes a call to the helpline.
They will listen with empathy and will not judge or criticize feelings or actions.
We take calls from all over the country, from women and men of all ages who are concerned about issues of sexual violence.
Every caller is treated as an individual with respect and dignity and given the time and understanding they need to get the help and support they deserve.
Repeat callers are also welcome.
If you are reading this now and are considering contacting the Centre for any reason, no matter how small, please phone us. We are here to listen.
The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre has a dedicated group of volunteers who are available to offer support to women and men who are attending the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit in the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin.
The experience of any form of sexual assault is traumatic and forensic testing, where sought, like any other medical examination can be stressful. Our experienced and trained volunteers are available in the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit to explain the procedures involved and to offer support to those who require it.
This service is also offered to families and friends accompanying those attending the Unit.
In addition, our volunteers give information about the other services available in the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre and how they can be accessed.
Court Accompaniment and Other Accompaniment
The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre has a group of trained volunteers who are available to accompany victims of sexual violence to court hearings, Garda Stations and Tribunals.
The legal process can be a daunting one and court hearings, etc are often difficult and confusing. Our volunteers offer support and information to clients who are going through this process.
As part of our ongoing education and awareness campaign the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre has an outreach programme where specially trained volunteers will visit schools, community groups, etc. to provide information on and to promote awareness of all aspects of sexual violence.
If you are interested in having such an input please phone us here in the Centre and we can arrange for our outreach team to visit you.
We will be recruiting for new Volunteers in the New Year (2015).
If you are living in the (01) telephone area, are over 25 years of age and interested in volunteering for the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre you can phone us on 01 661 4911 or email us for further information at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com