Billy Baldwin received the V-SAC Outstanding Volunteer Award. This was based on excellent feedback given from staff, volunteers, service users and stakeholders. Billy went above and beyond what was expected in the role of the court accompaniment volunteer. Congratulations Billy!
Congratulations to Sara Murphy, V-SAC Volunteer Coordinator in the Criminal Courts of Justice (CCJ), who won the Volunteer Ireland award in the category of 2018 Volunteer Manager of the Year on Friday 7th December 2018. This is a tremendous achievement for Sara and V-SAC.
Sara’s profile and story can be seen by clicking the link below.
V-SAC provided court accompaniment to 1,267 victims of crime, prosecution witness and their family/friends. The cases involved 35 Murder/Manslaughter/Attempted Murder, 123 Rape/Sexual Assault, 48 Assault, 76 Domestic Violence, 62 Other (incl. Human Trafficking, Criminal Damage, Theft, etc). These cases spanned Central Criminal Court, Circuit Courts and District Courts in a number of counties. V-SAC also supported victims in 57 pre-trial visits, 65 sentencing hearings, 10 retrials and 8 appeals.
V-SAC featured in a number of papers recently. The articles highlighted V-SAC’s free service available to victims of crime, prosecution witnesses and their family and friends while they attend court. V-SAC are expanding into the Eastern and Southeastern Circuit Courts. Click on the links below for the full newspaper articles and radio interviews given.