Support for yourself
If you have just been assaulted
- Try to get to a safe place and seek support from someone who can help you now.
- If you are injured, seek medical attention – call 999 or 112.
- Call the National 24 Hour Freephone Helpline at 1800 778888 for support and information on options.
You can find out about your options and supports after rape, sexual assault and other forms of sexual violence in Ireland in our online guide: Finding Your Way after Sexual Violence
Other things you can do in the aftermath of an assault
- If you want to report the assault, call the Gardaí – find your local station or call 999 or 112 for more. The Gardaí will also arrange transport to the nearest Sexual Assault Treatment Unit to get you medical attention and collect forensic evidence.
- For medical attention, your local Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (SATU) provides specialist treatment and information. You can find your local SATU as well as information on what to expect on our local supports page or visit the HSE's SATU information page.
- If you are outside Dublin, you can find out about Rape Crisis Services and other local supports near you.
Our aim is to offer help and support to anyone who has experienced sexual violence of any kind. This may have been recent, in the past or in childhood.
We take calls from people of all genders, beliefs, ethnic groups and orientations. Family, friends or other concerned persons are welcome to seek support from our telephone counsellors via the National 24-hour Helpline. General queries from the public in relation to sexual violence are also welcome.
We also have a webchat support service - you can chat online, one to one, with a DRCC support worker who will help you to access support, resources and information in a confidential and secure way.
Here in Dublin Rape Crisis Centre we acknowledge it takes courage to contact the Centre for the first time and we assure you that if you get in touch with us, you will be treated with dignity and respect.
Perhaps in visiting this website you are taking a first step on your journey towards healing and we encourage you to take the next step and contact us.
Support from DRCC
Dublin Rape Crisis Centre is a national organisation offering a wide range of services to people who are affected by rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment or childhood sexual abuse. These services include:
- The National 24-hour Freephone Helpline,
- Webchat support,
- One to one counselling & therapy,
- Accompaniment to court and Garda stations as well as Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (SATU)
- Helpful resources
- Outreach services, specialised training, youth programmes & outreach, awareness raising & campaigning and policy & advocacy work.