The V Word

Advocating to end sexual and domestic violence



The V Word: Regional Hospital Accompaniment Program (R-HART)

On today’s show, the YWCA stops by to update us on the Regional Hospital Accompaniment Program for Sexual Assault.

Hospital Accompaniment (R-HART)

The Regional Hospital Accompaniment & Response Team, or R-HART, is an entirely volunteer-based collaborative of advocates who provide support to individuals in the emergency room who have just experienced sexual and intimate partner violence.

The R-HART team of volunteers are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, all year. This team is a collaborative of volunteers from the YWCA Richmond, Safe Harbor and Hanover Safe Place, and serves survivors of all races, sexes, religions, nationalities, gender identities, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds. In addition to providing emotional support, R-HART volunteers connect survivors with community resources and follow-up services.

YWCA of Richmond



The V Word: An Interview with the YWCA of Richmond

Today’s show is an hour long special. Becky Lee and Carol Ann Lajoie of the YWCA of Richmond talk about upcoming campaigns, the state of funding in Virginia and their new regional collaborative hotline.

You can listen to the episode here


YWCA of Richmond

Show is broadcast on WRIR 97.3 FM and streamed at

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