Rape Crisis Centres

In Ireland:

In the UK:


Sexual Assault Treatment Units

Sexual Assault Treatment Units in Ireland:

Cork: South Infirmary 021 4926100
Donegal: Letterkenny General Hospital 074 9125888
Dublin: Rotunda Hospital 01 8730700
Galway: UCHG Hospital 091 580580
Waterford: General Hospital 051 848000
Westmeath: Midland Regional Mullingar 044 93 40221

Child protection

  • Barnardos – Supports children whose well-being is under threat by working with them, their families and communities, and by campaigning for the rights of children
  • CARI – Provides therapy and counselling services to children, families and groups who have been affected by child sexual abuse
  • Childline Ireland – Telephone, online and mobile texting service
  • Children’s Rights Alliance – a coalition of over 90 NGOs working to secure the rights and needs of children in Ireland
  • ECPAT UK – Works to end child prostitution, child pornography, and the trafficking of children for sexual purposes
  • Hotline.ie – Provides an anonymous facility for the public to report suspected illegal content encountered on the Internet, in a secure and confidential way
  • ISPCC – Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children advocates on behalf of all children in Ireland
  • Stay Safe – Personal safety skills programme for children which aims to reduce vulnerability to child abuse and bullying
  • Stop It Now!– a campaign which aims to prevent child sexual abuse by raising awareness and encouraging early recognition and responses to the problem by abusers themselves and those close to them

Other sexual violence resources

  • Alliance Support Group – Helps to support those who, as children, were abused in State-run institutions
  • Connect – The National Adult Counselling Service for any adult who has experienced, abuse, trauma or neglect in childhood
  • Dignity4Patients – to defend and uphold the rights of patients who have experienced trauma, in particular sexual trauma, whilst a patient in any medical or therapeutic setting
  • Justice for Magdalenes– Advocating for justice for residents of Magdalene Laundries
  • MenEngage– An alliance of NGOs that seek to engage men and boys in effective ways to reduce gender inequalities and promote the health and well-being of women, men and children
  • Men’s Network – Works with men towards achieving beneficial change. Better lives for men.  Better lives for all.
  • One in Four– Support and resources for people who have experienced sexual abuse and/or sexual violence
  • Paddy Doyle – Human rights activist
  • Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) -US network of rape and incest support centres which provides a national helpline
  • Residential Institutions Redress Board – Set up under the Residential Institutions Redress Act 2002 to make fair and reasonableawards to persons, who as children were abused, while resident in industrial schools, reformatories and other institutions subject to state regulation or inspection
  • Right of Place– Helps and supports survivors of institutional abuse in Ireland
  • South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault Australia– Information and resources on sexual violence
  • The Commission to Enquire into Child Abuse – Established pursuant to the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse Act 2000
  • The Donors Working Group on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting– Brings together key governmental and international organisations and foundations committed to supporting the abandonment of FGM
  • The Other Half -A new alliance of men’s and women’s organisations working together to end men’s violence against women made up of SAFE Ireland, Rape Crisis Network Ireland, and the Men’s Development Network
  • VAW Net– Online resource for advocates working to end domestic violence, sexual assault, and other violence in the lives of women and their children

Asylum and refugee


  • The Integration Centre – a non-governmental organisation committed to the integration and inclusion of people from immigrant backgrounds in Ireland.
  • Irish Refugee Council – Independent NGO which works with and advocates on behalf of asylum seekers and refugees
  • Immigrant Council of Ireland – Promotes the rights of migrants through information, legal advice, advocacy, lobbying, research and training
  • Migrant Rights Centre Ireland – Promotes the conditions for economic and social inclusion of those migrant workers and their families who are in positions of vulnerability


  • Asylum Aid – Responds to asylum seekers’ immediate legal needs and addresses the underlying causes of the difficulties they encounter in the asylum process
  • European Council on Refugees and Exiles– Pan-European network of 69 refugee assisting NGOs that promotes a humane and generous European asylum policy
  • European Roma Rights Centre– International public interest law organisation engaging in a range of activities aimed at combating anti-Romani racism and human rights abuse of Roma
  • International Organisation for Migration – Inter-governmental organisation which works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration


  • Disability Federation of Ireland– National support organisation and advocate for voluntary disability organisations in Ireland who provide services to people with disabilities and disabling conditions
  • Enable Ireland– Supports people with disabilities and their families throughout Ireland
  • Frontline– A forum for people with learning difficulties and their advocates
  • Irish Wheelchair Association– Committed to improving the lives of people with physical disabilities in Ireland
  • National Disability Authority – The lead state agency on disability issues and universal design, providing independent expert advice to government on policy and practice

Domestic violence

  • Hidden Hurt– UK abuse information support site
  • Hot Peach Pages – Abuse information in over 100 languages. Global list of hotlines, shelters, refuges, crisis centres and women’s organisations.
  • Safe Ireland– National network of women’s refuges and support services for those experiencing domestic violence which links to all domestic violence services in Ireland
  • Scottish Women’s Aid– Working to end domestic abuse
  • Women’s Aid– Provides support and information to women and their children who are being physically, emotionally, financially and sexually abused in their own homes
  • Women’s Aid Federation Northern Ireland – Provides a range of services to women and children who are affected by domestic violence throughout Northern Ireland

Drugs and alcohol


  • Association for Higher Education Access and Disability – Works to promote full access to and participation in further and higher education for students with disabilities and to enhance their employment prospects on graduation
  • Aontas – National Adult Learning Association
  • Citizens Information – National agency responsible for supporting the provision of information, advice and advocacy to the public on social and civil services


Employment and trade unions


  • Citizens Information – National agency responsible for supporting the provision of information, advice and advocacy to the public on social and civil services
  • Focus Ireland – support and services to the homeless
  • Homeless Agency – Responsible for planning, co-ordination and administration of funding in relation to the provision of quality services to people who are homeless in the Dublin area and for the development of responses to prevent homelessness
  • Simon Communities of Ireland – Delivers a wide range of essential services to people who are homeless throughout Ireland
  • Society of St Vincent de Paul – Tackles poverty in all its forms through the provision of practical assistance to those in need
  • Threshold – the national housing organisation which aims to secure a right to housing, particularly for households experiencing the problems of poverty and exclusion

Human rights - non government organisations

Mental health and depression

  • Aware– Helping defeat depression
  • Console– Supporting and helping people bereaved through suicide
  • Grow– A guide to mental health
  • Headstrong – The National Centre for Youth Mental Health
  • Irish Association of Suicidology – A forum for all individuals and voluntary groups involved in any aspect of suicidology for the exchange of knowledge gained from differing perspectives and experiences
  • Mental Health Ireland– Promoting positive mental health
  • O2 Think Big – Promotes mental well being among young people in Ireland
  • Samaritans – 24 hour confidential, non-judgemental service
  • Shine – Supporting people affected by mental ill health
  • Teen-Line Ireland– Freephone service
  • Your Mental Health– Improving awareness and understanding of mental health and well-being in Ireland

Minorities organisations

  • Africa Centre– Promoting active participation in Irish society
  • Akidwa – Akina Dada wa Africa – African Women’s Network
  • Cairde– Working to tackle health inequalities among ethnic minority communities
  • NASC – The Irish Immigrant Support Centre
  • SPIRASI– Working with asylum seekers, refugees, and other disadvantaged migrant groups with special concern for survivors of torture
  • The Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities – Supporting refugees and asylum seekers


  • Citizens Information – National agency responsible for supporting the provision of information, advice and advocacy to the public on social and civil services
  • One Family– supporting all members of all one parent families
  • OPEN – national network of lone parent groups
  • Treoir – information to parents who are not married to each other and to those involved with them


Prostitution and trafficking

In Ireland:

  • Ruhama – an Irish NGO which offers services and outreach to women in prostitution in Dublin
  • Stop Sex Trafficking – Cork campaign to end sex trafficking
  • Turn Off The Red Light – a campaign to end prostitution and sex trafficking in Ireland run by a new alliance of civil society organisations

Useful international sites:

Research and information about sexual violence

Sex offenders

In Ireland:

In the UK:

  • Respect UK – UK membership association for domestic violence perpetrator programmes and associated support services

Sexual health and pregnancy


State bodies in Ireland

In Ireland:

  • An Garda Siochana– Ireland’s national police service
  • Cosc – the national office for the prevention of domestic, sexual and gender based violence
  • Department of Education and Science– Aims to provide high-quality education
  • Department of Justice Equality and Law Reform – Aims to make Ireland a safer and fairer place in which to live and work, visit and do business
  • Department of Health and Children– Statutory role is to support the Minister in the formulation and evaluation of policies for the health services
  • Government of Ireland – Information on the Irish state
  • Legal Aid Board – Responsible for the provision of legal aid and advice on matters of civil law to persons unable to fund such services from their own resource
  • Office for Social Inclusion – Overall responsibility for developing, co-ordinating and driving Ireland’s National Action Plan for Social Inclusion 2007 – 2016
  • Office of Public Sector Information– Provides a wide range of services to the public, information industry, government and the wider public sector relating to finding, using, sharing and trading information
  • Reception and Integration Agency– Responsible for co-ordinating the provision of services to asylum seekers and refugees, the implementation of integration policy, and responding to crisis situations which result in large numbers of refugees arriving in Ireland in a short period of time
  • The Equality Authority – Stimulating and supporting a commitment to equality

In Northern Ireland and the UK:

Travel advice

Irish Department of Foreign Affairs:


  • Smartraveller – The Australian Government’s travel advisory and consular assistance service

Traveller organisations

Voluntary sector

  • Active Link – Online network for Irish non-profit organisations
  • Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups– Works to nurture and support the development of small voluntary groups, providing an environment which stimulates this development
  • Citizens Information Board Resource Database for Voluntary and Community Sectors – Useful information for those working in the voluntary and community sectors
  • Community Workers Co-operative – National network of individuals and organisations involved in community work and working for social change in Ireland
  • Funding Point – Provides fundraising information and guidance to Irish voluntary and community organisations
  • Free Legal Advice Centres– Promoting access to justice in Ireland through campaigning and some free, basic legal aid services
  • Global Fund for Women – A grantmaking foundation supporting women’s human rights organisations around the world working to address critical issues such as gaining economic independence, increasing girls’ access to education and stopping violence against women
  • Legal Aid Board – Responsible for the provision of legal aid and advice on matters of civil law to persons unable to fund such services from their own resources
  • My Charity.ie – Provides services to charities and fundraisers
  • Network for Good – Provides services to non-profit organisations, donors and volunteers
  • The Wheel – A resource centre and forum for the community and voluntary sector

Youth focused

In Ireland:

  • B4udecide– Information about relationships from the Crisis Pregnancy Agency
  • Belong To – Supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people in Ireland
  • Childline/ISPCC – Phone, online and text service for young people
  • Headstrong – The National Centre for Youth Mental Health
  • Inspire Ireland– Helps young people live happier lives
  • National Youth Council of Ireland– Representative body for national voluntary youth organisations
  • O2 Think Big – Promotes mental well being among young people in Ireland
  • Reach Out Ireland – A web-based service that inspires young people to help themselves through tough times, and find ways to improve their own mental health and well-being
  • SpunOut – Irish youth health, media, info, activism website
  • Teen-Line Ireland– Freephone service for suicide prevention
  • Teenspace – Information on events, activities and recreation services for young people from 10 to 18
  • Union of Students in Ireland– The sole representative body from Ireland’s third level students
  • Youth Work Ireland – A co-ordinating and development agency for youth services throughout the country

Useful international sites:

  • Project Respect– prevention programme for youths aged 14 to 19 which aims to stop sexual violence, particularly acquaintance assault
  • Reach Out – Support and information on young people’s mental health and well-being
  • R U Thinking – Information and advice on love, sex and relationships
  • Students against Depression – Offers comprehensive information on depression for UK students