About Us

The Donegal Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Centre was established in 1997. We are a voluntary organisation which provides a free support and counselling service to both female and male survivors of rape and sexual violence in Donegal. We have a team of fully accredited counsellors / psychotherapists who have the expertise to provide comprehensive support to survivors. We provide an outreach service in a number of locations throughout Donegal and have a team of trained volunteers to support people at the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit, GP's, GardaĆ­, Hospital and through court proceedings. All of the above services are provided FREE of charge to users and are provided in a safe and comfortable environment.

We provide a free professional counselling service to both males and females who have experienced rape, sexual abuse, or any other form of sexual violence.

Objectives:

  • To provide a free professional counselling service to both males and females who have experienced rape, sexual abuse and any other form of sexual violence;
  • To provide support for the family members of people whose lives have been affected by sexual abuse and rape;
  • To provide information and support with the legal and medical processes involved with the aftermath of rape and sexual abuse;
  • To promote and increase public awareness on to the nature and extent of the problem of sexual abuse in our community.

All counselling is provided by professionally accredited and experienced therapists in line with best practice and HSE requirements. Appointments can be made personally by ringing the free phone number 1800 44 88 44 or by referral from professionals, friends or other family members.

Unfortunately, we cannot operate a "drop-in" service and people are seen by appointment only. We specialise in crisis intervention and counselling for people who have been traumatised.

What you can do:
  • If someone tells you that they have been raped or sexually abused, listen to them and support them in whatever they choose to do, do not do anything that has the potential to further disempower the person.
  • Let them know that you believe them and will support them with whatever they choose to do.
  • If you are helping someone who has been sexually abused, and feel that you would benefit from counselling or support please do not hesitate to call us. Be aware that supporting someone who has been through a traumatic experience can be very demanding.
  • If you suspect or know that a child is being sexually abused, immediately report it to the Director of Community Care in your HSE area.