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, volunteers staff our 24-hour crisis hotline and provide 24-hour hospital accompaniment to survivors of sexual assault.
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.
The Young Professionals of DARCC, established in 2019, is a membership-based coalition providing opportunities for advocacy and leadership within the DFW community. Participate in member-exclusive quarterly events, network with like-minded individuals and gain access to continued education and professional development.
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.