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Behind The Scenes at One In Four…The Advocacy Team

March 24, 2016

 
 “I’ve just told my family.” “I want justice.” “I realise how much my life has been destroyed.” These are some of the phrases our advocacy team hear when a survivor of sexual abuse makes that first call to One In Four…but no two stories are the same.
 
All sorts of life events can trigger someone to call for the first time: a divorce, a death, a birth. One client carried around our phone number for 5 years before they contacted us. People might not always know how we can help them…just that their lives have been changed by sexual abuse and they want to do something about it.
Deirdre, Nicola, Damien and Frank are our Advocacy Team…daily they provide support and provide information to men and women all over the country who may want to engage in a legal process or have child protection concerns.
 
“A fear or experience of not being believed is a reality for many of the people we support,” says Deirdre. The Advocacy services are free and the team endeavour to respond to callers within 24 hours. 
 
Hundreds and hundreds of people engage our Advocacy team each year, and for some one phone call is enough. For others it can be the first step towards something else:  support in making a Garda statement, court accompaniment or just clear information on how the systems work or any other practicalities. 
 
“Sometimes callers genuinely don’t know what’s there…what’s available…how the system works,” says Damien.
 
Often the people will feel more comfortable to come in to One In Four…to meet an advocacy officer in person and to talk in more detail about the next steps.
 
‘’Every time we meet with someone for the first time we draw on the experience of thousands of past clients’’ says Nicola.
 
The advocacy officers work together with clients to explore options with a view to addressing their needs. And for many survivors of abuse that first meeting can be crucial: “For the first time I feel like I’m speaking to someone who gets it.’’
 
The relationship with our advocacy team can last years. Clients can be engaged with the legal system for many years.
 
“Very often we’re looking for a practical solution to an emotional problem. The legal process does not address the hurt a child may have experienced.’’  The advocacy service works closely with therapy services to ensure that all our clients’ needs are met. 
 
Last year the team worked with 663 clients…663 individuals with 663 stories.
For the Advocacy team, the focus is the client. The client remains at the centre of everything we do.
 
Frank says, “We often find ourselves explaining the reality of the law. This can be really difficult while still trying to looking after the emotional wellbeing of someone who has been abused.”
 
 “Often the harm that has been caused isn’t solved in the court room. Formal acknowledgment can help…but therapy is important.”
 
The last couple of years have seen an increased demand for services and support. We have experienced a higher frequency of calls, meetings  and more court cases.
Despite this increased demand, the challenge for the advocacy team is to provide a professional specialised service as soon as people get in touch and for as long as they need.
 
“It’s amazing…sometimes I’ll walk by a past client on the street and they don’t recognise me. They’re over that part of their lives. They’re in a different place. A better place.”
 

 
The advocacy team provides information, practical support, and an opportunity to explore your options in a safe way whatever your needs and goals are. We support men and women who have experienced sexual abuse and family members wishing to support relatives cope with the impact of their abuse. Phone 01 662 4070
 

If you would like help more survivors of sexual abuse there are several ways to make a donation to One In Four:

Monthly
You can provide One In Four with a regular and reliable doantion by contacting us at fundraising@oneinfour.ie or call us up at (01) 662 4070
 
Cash or Cheques
Cheques can be made payable to One In Four Ireland and either posted or handed in to our office at 2 Holles Street, Dublin 2. There are envelopes available at reception.
 
Bank Transfer
BIC: BOFIIE2D
IBAN: IE21 BOFI 9014 9091 5014 67
Sort code: 90-14-90
Account no: 91501467

 

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Big Impact, Small Budget

March 15, 2016

 

We are delighted to announce that One in Four has been shortlisted for the ‘Big Impact, Small Budget Award’ from Fundraising Ireland.  The project is our ‘Sponsor a Day’, where business and individuals alike get to donate money to help us keep our doors open for an entire day. If you would be interested in taking part, contact the fundraising team on 01 6624070.

The awards recognise the outstanding initiatives and innovative efforts of fundraisers, volunteers and organisations. They celebrate fundraisers’ hard work and successes across the year, provide an opportunity for acknowledgement by your peers and promote the role of fundraisers in improving our society.

We are truly honoured to be nominated for the award, and we wish the best of luck to everyone taking part!

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Remembering Christine Buckley

March 10, 2016
 
Tomorrow is the second anniversary of the death of institutional abuse campaigner Christine Buckley.
 
Maeve Lewis said, “She was instrumental in persuading the Government to apologise to survivors and to set up the Ryan Commission to examine conditions in the residential institutions.
 
"Christine campaigned tirelessly and fearlessly for compensation and for services for the survivors of the institutions.”
 
“She was not afraid to confront senior politicians and religious leaders about their failures and to insist that they meet their obligations to survivors.”
 
"Ireland is a better place because of Christine."
 
 
The Anniversary Mass to commemorate Christine Buckley will take place at St.Mary's Pro-Cathedral on Friday March 11th 2016 at 5.45pm.
 
Survivors, volunteers, and supporters, as always are most welcome to attend.  At 5.15 p.m. groups of families, relatives, survivors, friends, volunteers, and supporters will all walk together from the Centre for Aislinn Education and Support.
 

 

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Charity Gig for One in Four and Alone

March 8, 2016

This is a charity gig you can't miss...

One in Four has teamed up with Alone to bring you the Uband, a talented group of musicians who will be supported by the wonderful Undercover. Taking place on Thursday March 10th in the Grand Social, this is sure to be an evening of music, chats and craic!

To book your ticket just click on the following link: http://goo.gl/6VW3gL or contact Simon on 01 6624070. If you prefer, you can drop him a mail at simon@oneinfour.ie 

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Powerful words of survivors

March 7, 2016

We work with survivors of child abuse in order to help individuals to make the transition from surviving to living. These are just some of the words of the people we have worked with in the past. Their words speak louder than reports, statistics or articles. These testimonials are a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


If you would like help more survivors of sexual abuse there are several ways to make a donation to One In Four:

Monthly
You can provide One In Four with a regular and reliable doantion by contacting us at fundraising@oneinfour.ie or call us up at (01) 662 4070
 
Cash or Cheques
Cheques can be made payable to One In Four Ireland and either posted or handed in to our office at 2 Holles Street, Dublin 2. There are envelopes available at reception.
 
Bank Transfer
BIC: BOFIIE2D
IBAN: IE21 BOFI 9014 9091 5014 67
Sort code: 90-14-90
Account no: 91501467

 

 

 

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