For every wonderful person at the Victim Support Unit…We cannot thank you enough for creating such a precious space of safety, warmth & comfort amidst the storm. I notice in life that many people who do things for others do so simply out of the goodness of their hearts; and they may not know the depth of the impact their actions have. I & my loved ones want you to know how much you have impacted us. Your tea, biscuits, kindness, thoughtfulness & chats have made this bearable for us. When so much is about this court case has brought us pain, you have consistently and relentlessly reminded us of the goodness in people. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
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I would like to take the opportunity to convey my appreciation on behalf of An Garda Siochana to ‘S’ and her staff at the Victim Support at Court Office who assisted at the trials of X and Y in the CCJ. ‘S’ and her team of volunteers are to be thanked for their co-operation and assistance which was valued by the investigation team and the Family Liaison Officer and I am sure I speak on behalf of the victims family also. Their contribution is all the more remarkable in that it was done on a voluntary basis and their dedication and professionalism are to be commended. These were sad situations and there were no winners. Thankfully the victims families have had some closure after the difficult and lengthy trials, seeing justice being done. Many thanks again and keep up the good work.
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To all the wonderful people at VSAC, you made a very difficult time much easier for me. Your work is invaluable, and you are all saints!
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Thank you all for your support and hospitality over the last week. I really appreciate all your help. You’s all made a difference. I really appreciate it. Many thanks.
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A selection of some “Thank you” notes received in 2016:
‘To all the Victims Support Group – Thank you all so much for being there for us through a very dramatic time’
‘To each and everyone at V-SAC a huge thank you for all your support. Without you all we would never have got through this very hard time. The work you do to help us will never be forgotten’
‘Thank you all so much for providing a safe haven for us during our time at court. We really appreciate it. You are wonderful people who provide an invaluable service. Thanks again. We have made a €100 donation via the website.’
‘To all at Victim Support. Thank you all for you support throughout our son trial’ (Note – the spelling is how it appears on the card)
To all at VSAC – Thank you so much for your kindness. We would have been lost without you!’
I would like to take the opportunity to convey my appreciation on behalf of the Gardaí to ‘T’ of Victim Support who attended at the Trial in the CCJ. The brother of the victim attended court on each day of the 4 week trial and was accompanied by ‘T’ who performed his duty in a patient, kind and professional manner. ‘T’ is to be thanked for his co-operation and assistance which was valued by the investigation team and by the Family Liaison Officer in particular. His contribution is all the more remarkable in that it was done on a voluntary basis and his dedication and professionalism are to be commended. This was a sad situation and while there were not winners. Thankfully the victim’s family have had some closure after this difficult and lengthy trial seeing justice being done in a land many miles away from their native country. On behalf of the Gardaí (I am sure I speak on behalf of the victim’s family also) I would like to thank ‘T’ for his valuable assistance. I would like to take this opportunity to convey our appreciation to the other ‘unsung heroes’ like him and his colleagues who help to restore one’s faith in humanity. Many thanks again and keep up the good work.
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I have had reason to attend the Circuit Criminal Court in Dublin 5 times over the last year as my case was protracted. I am a survivor of Clerical Sexual abuse and was very nervous at the prospect of my court appearance. I was told about victim support being available at the Court and asked if I could avail of the service. It was then I had the good fortune to meet “F”. We had a tour of the courtroom and she explained everything I needed to know – even before I realised I needed to know it. On each trip she met us and took us to the support suite upstairs. This area is invaluable as it allows victims and their families some separation from the general feel of mayhem that surrounds the building. We warmed to “F” instantly, not just because of her nature but because of her genuine determination to ensure that my experience at court was going to be made easier. She always has a smile on her face and nothing is too much trouble. She offers everything from coffee to comfort confectionery to conversation and everything in between. She reads situations very well and is always more than aware of the families need for privacy if required. So this basically to thank her for making our experience in court a more bearable one and long may she and the good work you do, continue