DARCC’s trained volunteers and professional staff are there to help those who have survived sexual abuse to navigate the difficult journey of healing from their trauma in a safe and confidential environment.
Volunteers are a vital component of the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center and the services provided to the surrounding metroplex. All DARCC volunteers are trained advocates who have completed our 40-hour Sexual Assault Advocate Training Program, a program which is certified by the Office of the Attorney General. Upon completion of training, volunteers staff our 24-hour crisis hotline and provide 24-hour hospital accompaniment to survivors of sexual assault.
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.
Advocates answering the hotline provide information, crisis-intervention, emotional support and referrals to callers when they need it most.
Advocates provide face-to-face support at the hospital, police department, or at court proceedings.
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.
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.
These volunteers provide education, risk reduction and prevention programs to organizations, businesses and schools. Specialized training is required and provided by DARCC.