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The Rape Crisis Society of Trinidad and Tobago is commemorating four months of their Ayúdate Hotline which is geared towards both English and Spanish speakers. Details follow in this press release.

The Rape Crisis Society of Trinidad and Tobago Inc is commemorating four (4) months of operating the Ayúdate Hotline. This toll-free hotline is available from 6pm-6am everyday and is offered to both English and Spanish speakers. The hotline has been operational since May 1st 2021 and has been able to field over 100 calls from persons in need of gender-based violence (GBV) assistance.

The Ayúdate Hotline is a project made possible through collaboration with the Better Together Challenge a partnership led by the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Inter-American Development Bank, a global initiative to crowd source, fund, and scale innovative solutions from anywhere in the world to improve the lives of Venezuelans and communities hosting them across Latin America and the Caribbean. Gender-based violence refers to harmful acts directed at individuals based on their gender. It is rooted in gender inequality, the abuse of power and harmful norms. Gender-based violence can include sexual, physical, mental and economic harm inflicted in public or in private. The consequences of gender-based violence are devastating and can have life-long repercussions for survivors.

The Ayúdate Hotline has received calls from both migrants and citizens seeking advice on addressing cases of domestic violence, harassment, depression, post-traumatic stress and overall mental health. Callers to the hotline who demonstrate severe trauma or express a desire are offered access to follow up professional counselling. Since 2020, RCSTT’s services have transitioned to virtual or telephone counselling sessions to adhere to COVID-19 health regulations and maintain the safety of clients and staff.

Another benefit of the hotline has been the ability to provide transferrable skills training to Venezuelan migrants and T&T citizens who serve as listeners and supervisors for overnight shifts.

For further information on the initiative contact RCSTT’s Project Manager, Kimiko Scott at 465-5690 or email [email protected]