Volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are a vital part of DARCC allowing the organization to provide much needed services to the community.

If you are interested in signing up for training, please fill out our online volunteer application. Personal interviews will be scheduled upon receipt of the application.  Interviews are mandatory before participation in training. Training sessions are scheduled throughout the year. Upon completion of training, advocates will be requested to maintain a 6-month commitment with at minimum of 16 hours per month.

→ Fill out our DARCC Volunteer Application online!

Volunteer Victim Advocates:

Sexual assault advocacy programs are a critical part of any community response. As is the case in responding to victims of domestic violence, it is critical that advocates responding to victims of sexual assault in a non-judgmental and supportive manner, suggesting options but allowing the victim to decide what course of action to take.

The immediate assistance and support of a victim advocate can be critical. A study in 2009 indicated that the speed with which survivors of sexual assault receive services is linked to the speed of their recovery. In following the recovery process of thirty rape survivors who received levels different medical and counseling services, Robert Cleary found that rape survivors who received prompt medical and counseling services were much more likely to seek continued medical care, were least likely to blame themselves for the assault, experienced fewer symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, had less difficulty trusting others, and were more likely to successfully return to work. From: Study Finds Rape Crisis Programs Do Work, Violence Against Women 38-1 (Joan Zorza ed., 2002).*

Crisis Hotline
Advocates answering the hotline provide information, crisis-intervention, emotional support and referrals to callers when they need it most. This position requires a comprehensive 40-hour training provided by DARCC.

Accompaniment Advocates
Advocates provide face-to-face support at the hospital, police department, or at court proceedings. This position also requires a comprehensive 40-hour training provided by DARCC.

Other Volunteer Opportunities:

Fundraising
In order to continue providing services, DARCC needs the financial support of the community. Fundraising efforts are ongoing and volunteers are a much needed part of those efforts.

Internships
DARCC strongly supports quality training of graduate and undergraduate interns. Interns are able to receive specialized training from experienced, professional staff in a supportive and safe environment.

Office Assistants
Volunteers may choose to support DARCC by providing general office help. Volunteers can assist with day-to-day duties or use their skills and talents to take on special projects.

Community Educators
These volunteers provide education, risk reduction and prevention programs to organizations, businesses and schools. Specialized training is required and provided by DARCC.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please send an email to volunteer@dallasrapecrisis.org.

*Source: http://www.stopvaw.org/sexual_assault_advocacy_program.html.