Women’s Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre: Dundee & Angus

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Case Study – Women’s Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre

This week for our case study we are interviewing the manager of Women’s Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre, Sinéad Daly. Based in Dundee and Angus WRASAC supports survivors of rape, sexual abuse and exploitation by providing specialist services and support to help them recover.

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Why did you set up the organisation, what was the vision?
“WRASAC – Dundee and Angus was established in 1984 to meet the needs of survivors of rape, sexual abuse and exploitation. The organisation was set up by Dundee Women’s Aid because survivors told them they needed a specialist service to help them recover from the effects of sexual violence and abuse.

We have evolved and grown since then. We are here to:

  • support survivors who have experienced any form of sexual violence, abuse or exploitation in their lives.
  • promote equality and raise public awareness of the routes of sexual violence and its damaging and life-changing effects.

Our Vision is for a world free from sexual violence, abuse and exploitation and a society in which everyone has equality, freedom and choices to live the lives they want and thrive.”

Why is accessibility important to you?
“We know that sexual violence and abuse affects people from all walks of life and also can cause survivors to develop disabilities. We work hard to ensure we are accessible in many different ways, by informing people about the services we provide, by ensuring our staff have lots of skills to ensure they can meet people with different needs/abilities and by targeting survivors from different backgrounds and abilities.

Our building does not have a disabled access; however, we do have access to other support venues nearby which we avail of.

We also support accessibility on other fronts by trying to provide interpreters if English is not your first language, providing support via Typetalk, email or letter if you are deaf or hard of hearing and we can also arrange for a British Sign Language or signed English interpreter.

If you have any particular access requirements or concerns, then please contact us and we will do our best to help.”

Why is a virtual tour important to you?
“It helps to reduce the fear of coming to our office. For survivors of sexual violence it is really important to have a sense of control – so we do try and provide as much information before they come to our centre – having the virtual tour is an important part of this.”
How has working with OOVIRT made you more accessible?
“By seeing the virtual tour – it means people can make decisions about coming to our centre – we believe that it helps people feel more confident because they can see what a welcoming environment we have here.

Additionally, because our building has limited accessibility, working with OOVIRT has allowed people to make their own decision on the accessibility of our building specific to their individual access requirements. OOVIRT worked with us to design the virtual tour and provided great insight based on their expertise in accessibility and VR.”

What events/classes/services do you have?
“We are here to listen, believe and support. Please contact us on the below details or view our website for more information on our services.”

Helpline: 0300 365 2001 – Monday 10am – 12pm | Wednesday 2 – 4pm | Friday 12 – 2pm

Email: support@wrasac.org.uk | DAYS@wrasac.org.uk (young people’s support)

Drop In: Every Thursday 12pm – 2pm in our Library at 2 Dudhope Street

Rape Crisis Scotland National Helpline:  08088 01 03 02 (open every day 6pm-midnight)

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Thank you to Sinéad Daly at Women’s Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre for answering our questions this week and stay tuned for our next case study.

Follow Claire D'All:

I graduated from the University of Dundee in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Applied Computing. During my studies the field that I had a great interest in was web development however since graduating I have also become very interested in accessibility. I was born with Congenital Muscular Dystrophy and since the age of 3 I have used a wheelchair 24/7. Due to my disability I have always come across problems regarding accessibility, which is why it’s such a passion for me.

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