Rape Crisis Centre: Information on the services they provide

Information on the services in Rape Crisis Centres in Ireland

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Any experience of sexual violence can be intensely isolating. Care, help and support is available at your local rape crisis centre. In order to break the isolation imposed by the attack, it helps to have contact with others who acknowledge and validate your experience and how it has affected you.

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What is a Rape Crisis Centre?

Rape Crisis Centres (RCCs) offer support, information, counselling, 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 a representative body for some of the Rape Crisis Centres in Ireland.

Services provided by your local Rape Crisis Centre

  • Support and counselling for women and men who have experienced any form of sexual violence.
  • Someone to accompany you to the Gardaí, the court, the doctor, or a Sexual Assault Treatment Unit if this is what you decide to do.
  • Dublin Rape Crisis Centre run the National 24-hour, 365-days a year sexual violence helpline – you can contact it on 1800 77 88 88

Information your local Rape Crisis Centre can provide:

All services are confidential and free.

Find your local Rape Crisis Centre here.

Staff at a Rape Crisis Centre can help you work through your feelings and decide what you wish to do. The 24 Hour National Sexual Violence Helpline 1800 77 8888 offer a confidential, listening and support service for women and men who have been raped, sexually assaulted, sexually harassed, or sexually abused at any time in their lives, and for those supporting them. They can provide information about your local Rape Crisis Service

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