At DARCC, we believe that sexual violence is a community problem and demands a community solution. By getting involved with us, you help to inspire social change to ensure every survivor in our community is valued, supported and believed. Please take a look at our various opportunities to get involved below.
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 that is certified by the Office of the Attorney General. Upon completion of training, our volunteers have a unique opportunity to work directly with survivors of sexual assault through our 24-hour crisis hotline and hospital accompaniment services.
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. DARCC is committed to training future generations of advocates and clinicians in trauma-informed, victim-centered practices in order to best support those impacted by sexual abuse and assault in our community and beyond. DARCC works to ensure that each internship/practicum is a meaningful growth experience for our interns.
DARCC Young Professionals (DYP), established in 2019, is a membership-based auxiliary of the agency providing opportunities in the Dallas/Fort Worth Community for advocacy and leadership for individuals between 21 and 40 who are employed in a professional capacity.
Ways to Help
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 provide face-to-face support at the hospital, police department, or at court proceedings.
These volunteers provide education, risk reduction and prevention programs to organizations, businesses and schools. Specialized training is required and provided by DARCC.
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.
Advocates answering the hotline provide information, crisis-intervention, emotional support and referrals to callers when they need it most.