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"Relentless increase" in numbers needing Dublin Rape Crisis Centre services

There was an increase in the number of people contacting the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre last year,...
Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

07.15 16 Jul 2019


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"Relentless increase"...

"Relentless increase" in numbers needing Dublin Rape Crisis Centre services

Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

07.15 16 Jul 2019


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There was an increase in the number of people contacting the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre last year, according to the organisation's annual report.

The DRCC's 24-hour helpline - which is available for people who've experienced rape and sexual violence - dealt with 13,367 contacts in 2018, or around 270 every week.

It represented an increase of 4% on 2017 numbers.

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More than half of those contacting the helpline (7,423) were first-time contacts

A majority (77%) of callers were female, while 22% were male.

19.7% of adult rape victims said their abuser was a boyfriend or a partner.

A third of people who disclosed the type of abuse suffered said that they had been victims of childhood sexual abuse.

The annual report also shows face-to-face therapy appointments were up 7%, with appointments given to 582 victims.

Noeline Blackwell, the chief executive of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, said the increase in contacts is a worrying trend.

She explained: "Each of the past few years has shown a relentless increase in the number of people needing services.

"Our concern is that even with these increases we are not meeting the need for people who are contacting us."

Chairperson Ann Marie Gill added: "At this point, half-way through 2019, demand for the DRCC’s services is higher than it has been for many years because more people than ever are disclosing and seeking help.

"The reality is that people need support in greater numbers than ever."

The centre suggests a recent 10% state funding increase will help extends its services, but will not meet an "ever growing demand".

They also say the lack of 'firm data' makes it impossible to say whether an increase in services is due to an increase in the level of sexual abuse, or whether there's a 'growing recognition' by victims that help is available.

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre's 24-hour helpline can be reached on 1800 77 88 88.

Main image: File photo of Noeline Blackwell of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

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