Accompaniments

 

Court Accompaniments

RCNE recognises that for survivors going through the justice system to prosecute an alleged offender on a sexual violence charge, of a recent or historical crime can be a very difficult and emotionally wearing process.  The court room can be confusing and frightening and court procedures hard to understand.

RCNE have female volunteers available to offer support and information to clients throughout their legal proceedings.

The volunteer is in attendance to support the client seeking our services.  Although family and friends may be present, our main focus is support for the client.  Appropriate referral will be available to family and friends.

This service is both free and confidential.

 

Gardai Accompaniment

Trained and experienced staff and volunteers are available to accompany clients when making a statement to the Gardaí.  We can arrange for the client to meet with the Gardaí at our centre in Dundalk, at our outreach facility in Drogheda or at the actual Garda Station.

Support for clients goes far beyond actual accompaniment on the day.  RCNE counsellors ensure that the client is as prepared as possible for the psychological impact of the event.  Rape Crisis Network Ireland accompaniment training ensures that our accompaniment staff and volunteers are fully equipped to provide support for survivors facing Garda interviews.

As well as providing the best possible support for our clients, this accompaniment programme also has the positive effect of linking survivors in to the wide range of other services provided for them by Rape Crisis North East, ranging from support for family and friends, legal advice where necessary, to specialised individual counselling.  

 

Medical Accompaniment

RCNE will provide information and support on medical issues and will accompany the client to a GP, Hospital or any other medical services for a check up. 

RCNE volunteers will signpost and accompany you to your nearest Sexual Assault Treatment Unit and explain what is involved.  (Pending on volunteer availability).