Victim Support Services

Victims of crime have the right to receive support services, free of charge. Victims have a right to access services regardless of whether or not the crime has been reported to the Gardaí.

Below is a list of the resources available for victims of crime. If you are not sure what support service is the right one for you, you can ring the Crime Victims Helpline at 116 006 for more information.

General Supports

Specialised Supports

Domestic Violence

Sexual Assault

Services in Other Countries

 

General Supports

National Crime Victims Helpline – 116 006 – info@crimevictimshelpline.ie

The Crime Victims Helpline is a listening and support service for victims of crime in Ireland. They also provide information about the criminal justice system and referrals to other resources in the community.

Federation for Victim Assistance – 1800 277 477 – fedva@eircom.net

Victim Assistance provides free and confidential emotional and practical support for all victims of crime in Kilkenny, Mayo, and Roscommon. This includes face-to-face support.

Victim Support at Court – 01 872 6785 – manager@vsac.ie

V-SAC is an organisation dedicated to supporting victims of crime through the court process. They provide free and confidential support for prosecution witnesses and their families who have been called to court. This includes pre-trial visits to the court, and court accompaniment during the trial.

Support After Crime Services021 432 0555info@supportaftercrimeservices.ie

Support After Crime is a victim support organization predominantly located in the south of Ireland. They provide free and confidential support for victims of crime in Cork, Waterford, Limerick, Clare and South Tipperary. This includes face-to-face support.

 

Specialised Supports

AdVIC – 01 6177937info@advic.ie

AdVIC is a comprehensive support service for people bereaved by homicide. The services they provide include face-to-face support, counselling, and referrals.

Connect – 1800 477 477

Connect is a free phone counselling service for any adult who has experienced abuse, trauma or neglect in childhood. The service is also available to partners or relatives of people with these experiences.

Irish Road Victims Association

IRVA provides emotional and practical support to those bereaved or injured by road collision. They also campaign for justice, rights, and recognition for road crash victims.

Irish Tourist Assistance Service – 1890 365 700info@itas.ie

ITAS is a dedicated support service available to tourists who are victimised while visiting Ireland.

PARC Road Safety Group086 377 3784susan@parcgroup.ie

PARC is an advocacy group for road safety and road traffic victims. A free copy of their support guide “Finding Your Way” is available here or through their website. They are available to speak to victims or victim’s families about any aspect of their post-crash experience.

Ruhama – 01 836 0292admin@ruhama.ie

Ruhama provides services to women affected by or involved with prostitution. These services are available regardless of visa status and include face-to-face support, referrals, and court accompaniment.

Support after Homicide – 087 983 7322support@supportafterhomicide.ie

Support after Homicide provides free and confidential emotional support and practical information for people whose lives have been affected by homicide. This includes support groups, family support, and one-to-one support.

Missing in Ireland Support Services – 1890 442 552info@missing.ie

Missing in Ireland Support Services provide emotional support to the family members and loved ones of people who are missing. They provide support over the phone, and can be contacted at the email address listed above.

 

Domestic Violence

Women’s Aid1800 341 900info@womensaid.ie

Women’s Aid is a dedicated service for women and children affected by domestic violence. They provide a 24/7 freephone helpline at the number listed above, as well as a Dublin based face-to-face service.

They also provide a list of local refuges and support services that is available here.

AMEN – 0818 222 240info@amen.ie

AMEN is a support service for male victims of domestic abuse, and their children. They provide helpline support and a variety of face-to-face services including counselling, court accompaniment, and support groups.

 

Sexual Assault

Rape Crisis Network Ireland1800 778 888info@rcc.ie

Rape Crisis Network Ireland keeps a comprehensive listing of services available to victims of rape, sexual assault and sexual abuse. The provide a 24/7 helpline at the number above, as well as face-to-face counselling and accompaniment services across Ireland.

Connect – 1800 477 477

Connect is a free phone counselling service for any adult who has experienced abuse, trauma or neglect in childhood. The service is also available to partners or relatives of people with these experiences.

Dignity 4 Patients – 041 984 3730support@dignity4patients.org

Dignity 4 Patients is an advocacy organization which supports patients who are victims of sexual abuse while in a medical setting. The provide guidance and emotional support, and are available to call Monday to Wednesday.

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre – 1800 778 888 – info@rcc.ie

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre provides support for victims of rape, sexual assault and sexual abuse. These supports include a 24/7 helpline at the number above, as well as face-to-face counselling and accompaniment services.

One in Four – 01 662 4070 info@oneinfour.ie

One in Four is an organization dedicated to supporting adult survivors of sexual abuse and/or sexual violence, and their families and friends. One in Four works closely with individuals and families to provide therapy, advocacy, and prevention services.

Towards Healing – 1800 303 416 – info@towardshealing.ie

Towards Healing provides telephone counselling and face-to-face support services for survivors of institutional, clerical and religious abuse. It is funded by the Catholic church.

 

Children

Children at Risk in Ireland – 1890 924 567helpline@cari.ie

CARI is an organisation which provides comprehensive support for children, families and groups affected by child sexual abuse. This includes child-centred therapy, phone support, and court accompaniment through their Child Accompaniment Support Services (CASS). They have offices in Dublin and Limerick. Further contact details for their individual branches and for CASS can be found here.

 

Victim Services in other countries

Victim Support Europeinfo@victimsupporteurope.ie

Victim Support Europe keeps a record of the national victim support services available for each European country. Through their website, it is possible to search by country to find relevant services.

 Victim Support NI02890 244039

Victim Support NI provides support to victims of crime in Northern Ireland.

Victim Support Scotland – 0345 603 9213

Victim Support Scotland provides support to victims of crime in Scotland.

Victim Support UK – (0044) 0808 168 911

Victim Support provides support to victims of crime within England or Wales. Contact details for emails, regional services, and services for children are listed here.