Court & Garda Accompaniment
The centre offers clients accompaniment to services, by trained volunteers, such as the Courts and the Gardai and can also contact any agency on the client’s behalf.
We also organize reporting to the Gardai in the centre’s premises if the client would feel more comfortable and where the perpetrator is found guilty, we can help clients in their preparation of a Victim impact statement. This service is free and confidential.
Psychological Support Team
The Galway Rape Crisis Centre has a dedicated group of volunteers who are available to offer support to women and men who are attending the Garda Station, A & E or Sexual Assault Treatment Unit in Galway.
The Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (SATU) opened its doors in Galway in 2009. The SATU provides a multidisciplinary response to sexual assault and rape, bringing together the Gardaí, medical staff, and GRCC Psychological Support Team. The SATU gives essential care and forensic support to people who have been the survivors of sexual assault and rape.
GRCC Psychological Support Team provide a 24 hour, 365 days a year psychological support service for survivors of recent sexual assault and rape.
The Galway Rape Crisis Centre has a dedicated group of volunteers who provide psychological support to those attending the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit in Galway. We offer a specialised training which equips trainees with the core skills required to support and advocate for a survivor in the aftermath of sexual assault and rape. This advocacy service includes support and accompaniment through Services and agencies and also make referrals to or liaise with other agencies and services on behalf of clients to help ensure access to responsive and sensitive services provided by medical personnel, An Garda Siochána and those involved the criminal justice process.
The Galway Rape Crisis Centre has a dedicated group of volunteers who provide psychological support to those attending the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit and the Court and Garda Services in Galway
Legal services related to sexual violence cases are provided voluntarily to GRCC’s existing clients by a firm of solicitors in Galway City acting in a voluntary capacity. This legal service is provided to guide the clients through their sexual violence-related cases, and provide them with advice on a voluntary basis in respect of the Court and criminal process and also any services which may be available to them. Further information is available through the Centre in respect of this legal clinic.