Mission, vision & values

Our vision

Our vision is of a society in which sexual violence is not tolerated but that, when it does occur, survivors are provided with information and care that supports their empowerment and resiliency.

Our mission

The mission of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre is to prevent the harm and heal the trauma of rape and other forms of sexual violence.

Our values

  • Trustworthiness
  • Respect
  • Empowerment
  • Empathy

Since 1979, The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre has worked to prevent the harm and heal the trauma of sexual violence. We work with people who have experienced sexual assault, rape or childhood sexual abuse.

Sexual violence is a serious public health and human rights issue with both short and long-term consequences for those affected. The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre has been at the forefront of the Irish response to sexual violence for more than 40 years.

To ensure that all available resources to prevent sexual violence are utilised, we work with government, non-profit organisations, academic institutions and the general public.

We work to prevent sexual violence and to eliminate its tolerance in society through education, training and awareness-raising campaigns.

When sexual violence does occur, we offer a range of supports including telephone counselling through the National 24-Hour Helpline, one-to-one counselling, and accompaniment services.

We also advocate on behalf of survivors of sexual violence to help ensure that they have access to responsive and sensitive services provided by law enforcement officials, medical personnel and the courts.

We receive approximately 1,000 contacts to the National Helpline every month from people who have experienced both recent and historical sexual assault or abuse.

We offer a safe and confidential space and a person-centered, empowerment approach in all of our contact with clients. We work primarily with adults, but with parental consent can offer some supports to older teenagers - call the Helpline during office hours for information at 1800 77 8888.

Child safety is a prime concern for us and we have a duty to report any concerns to relevant authority,  as laid down in Children First National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2017.

If you are affected by any issues raised on this website, we encourage you to take the next step and call the National 24-Hour Helpline 1800 77 8888.