Volunteers are the heart of DARCC! Our programs and services rely greatly on hours of on-call service, and without the dedication of our advocates we’d be unable to provide 24-hour crisis hotline assistance or hospital accompaniment for survivors of sexual assault and their loved ones.
Kristina Abbott has been a volunteer with Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center since October of 2016. From January – May she has dedicated 673 hours to our clients. Check out why DARCC is important to Kristina below!
What professional industry are you in?
Currently I am a stay at home mom. I have three boys who are four, six and eight years old so they keep me VERY busy! I’m also a full-time student receiving my Bachelor’s degree in Human Services with a concentration in Family and Children Services.
Why is being involved with DARCC important to you?
Being involved with the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center is important to me because victims of sexual abuse need resources. Since I started volunteering in 2016, I’ve been able to help clients take comfort in knowing they’re not alone by taking crisis calls and participating in hospital advocacy. DARCC is great because the organization offers victims so many helpful services. As a volunteer, I’m happy I get to assist in the beginning stages of recovery that will, hopefully, positively influence the healing process.
What is your favorite thing about volunteering your time with DARCC?
My favorite thing about volunteering with DARCC is being supportive to those in need. Working in direct services is so impactful because I know I’m taking action providing a helping hand to someone who has been victimized.
What do you enjoy doing the most when you’re not volunteering?
Outside of volunteering, I enjoy spending time with my kids and husband. When I’m not having fun with them I enjoy relaxing with a good book! The last thing I read was The Broken Silence series by Natasha Preston.