DRCC Note on the Eighth Amendment and upcoming Referendum

Women become pregnant after rape.   Please read the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre’s summary of best evidence before using victims of sexual violence in the upcoming Referendum on the Eight Amendment. If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual violence please remember our National 24-Hour Helpline 1800 77 8888. Please find the full....

Statement from the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre – 11th April 2018

Following the lifting of reporting restrictions in the recent Belfast rape trial, Noeline Blackwell, CEO of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre has today issued a statement reminding the public of supports available from rape crisis centres around the country and of the National 24-Hour Helpline run by the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre at 1800 77....

Frontline Gardaí need training in sexual violence cases

Following revelations that the number of people who have come forward to report sex crimes over the past 14 years has been overestimated in official crime statistics, DRCC Chief Executive Noeline Blackwell commented that frontline gardaí require training in dealing with victims of sexual violence. Read the full article here.

#EveryStep – VHI Women’s Mini Marathon 2018

Help us be there for survivors of sexual violence–every step of the way. Calling runners and walkers of this year’s VHI Women’s Mini Marathon! The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre is currently recruiting for this year’s Women’s Mini Marathon and would love for to join our team. Our information sheets is available below, or you can....

DRCC welcomes review of sexual assault trials

Noeline Blackwell, Chief Executive of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, has welcomed a commitment from Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan to review all aspects of legal protection offered to complainants in rape cases. Click here to read the full article from 2 April 2018 in the Irish Times.

Time to balance rights and fairness in court

This piece by Dublin Rape Crisis Centre CEO and Spokesperson Noeline Blackwell appeared in the Irish Examiner on 29 March 2018. Dublin Rape Crisis Centre believes legal assistance should be provided to complainants in rape trials where the main issue is credibility, says CEO and spokesperson Noeline Blackwell. It is not surprising the Belfast trial of four men,....

DRCC CEO Noeline Blackwell on The Women’s Podcast

Noeline Blackwell, Chief Executive of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, was on the Women’s Podcast on 29 March to discuss the differences between rape trials in Northern Ireland and the Republic, how the process can be improved to protect complainants and the impact that the Belfast trial could have on rape victims. Listen to the Women’s Podcast

DRCC statement following verdict in the Belfast rape trial

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre notes that the trial in Belfast of three people for rape and other sexual offences and another for withholding information has concluded with the acquittal of all four defendants. We recognise also the importance that the Belfast case has had in opening up a wider debate on the meaning of rape....

DRCC calls for review of sentencing for marital rape 

Thursday 1 March 2018. For immediate release   In the aftermath of a judgment given by the Court of Appeal on Monday 26 February 2018, where the Court reduced the sentence of a husband convicted of the rape of his wife, the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre has called for an urgent review of the law relating to marital and intimate partner rape. ....

Winter Storm Update – Helpline Operating as Normal

The National 24-Hour Helpline is operating as normal. Please call 1800 77 88 88 if you need support.

DRCC needs volunteers!

Volunteers are an essential part of our team here at the DRCC, helping to operate our National 24-Hour Helpline, provide accompaniment services to people attending the Rotunda Hospital’s Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (SATU), Garda stations or court, and give talks to schools and community groups. If you have thought about volunteering with the DRCC and....