S.A.T.U. Psychological Support Worker


The Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (SATU) gives essential care and forensic support to people who have been the survivors of sexual assault and rape. The work done at these units is of prime importance on two fronts, firstly in the provision of sensitive care to assault survivors who are often traumatised and deeply distressed, but also in taking the necessary steps to support the survivor and the judicial system in bringing the perpetrators to justice.

The Donegal Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Centre has a dedicated group of volunteers known as Psychological Support Workers, who are available to offer support to women and men who are attending the Garda Station, A & E, and the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit in Letterkenny.

Whether a victim/survivor chooses to speak with a Psychological Support Worker at the time or not, information about rape and other forms of sexual violence and the various supports available should be given to all victim/survivors.

Services Offered by the Psychological Support Worker include:

  • Accompaniment through each step of the process that the victim/survivors chooses.
  • Crisis intervention and psychological support.
  • Advocating for victim/survivor's self-articulated needs to be identified and their choices respected.
  • Advocating for the elimination of any communication barriers the victim/survivor may face.
  • Providing information about sexual violence and its after effects.
  • Aiding victims/survivors in identifying individuals who could support them in their healing process.
  • Assisting victims/survivors in planning for their own safety and well-being.
  • Linking victims/survivors to more long-term counselling, support and advocacy service options.
    • This means making contact with a victim/survivor, using a method agreed by the victim/survivor, at a time chosen by the victim/survivor, to offer information, support, advocacy crisis intervention and links to counselling.
  • Support victims/survivors in voicing any concerns and complaints to legal and medical personnel.
  • Helping families and friends to cope with their own reactions to the rape/sexual assault, providing information and increasing their understanding victims/survivors may need.