What to expect at a Rape Crisis Centre
Information on the services in Rape Crisis Centres in Ireland
Any experience of sexual violence is intensely isolating. Care, help and support is available at your local rape crisis centre. It is important to stress that the trauma of an attack will have long term effects on your life, and that in dealing with, and examining these issues, you have a right to support. In order to break the isolation imposed by the attack, you need to have contact with others who acknowledge and validate your experience and how it has affected you.
Rape Crisis Centres (RCCs) offer support, advice and advocacy services for both survivors and supporters of survivors of rape and all other forms of sexual violence. Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) is a specialist information and resource centre on rape and all forms of sexual violence.
RCNI are the representative, umbrella body for member Rape Crisis Centres who provide free advice, counselling and support for survivors of sexual abuse in Ireland.
Services provided by your local Rape Crisis Centre
- Dublin Rape Crisis Centre offers a 24-hour, 365-days a year national helpline – you can contact them on 1800 77 88 88.
- Support and counselling for women and men who have experienced any form of sexual violence.
- Someone to accompany you to the Gardaí, the court or the doctor if this is what you decide to do.
Information your local Rape Crisis Centre can provide
- Advice on recovery.
- Garda procedures.
- Pregnancy testing, emergency contraception, tests for sexually transmitted infections and the test for HIV.
- The legal process.
- Providing support for family, friends, partners and others who are supporting survivors of sexual violence.
All services are confidential and free.