Helpline: 1800 234 900

Freephone Helpline

The helpline is provided by trained helpline staff and volunteers, who can give you support and information. 
The service provides support for men and women who have experienced rape, sexual assault or childhood sexual abuse. It doesn’t matter if these experiences happened a long time ago or if they were reported to the Gardai. You are under no obligation to disclose to us what has happened to you, we can work with you on the issues and symptoms you have as a result of your experiences.

Counselling

We offer one to one counselling to both men and women who have experienced any form of sexual violence recently, or in the past. Counselling provides a space to help you gain a clearer understanding of yourself and your situation. Deciding and making a commitment to have counselling is a very powerful and life affirming choice. During the course of your therapy you will be looking at yourself, your relationships, and your life in general.

 Our trained counsellors will never force you to talk about anything you are not ready to. They have a profound understanding of the nature of trauma and the necessity to allow the survivor to go at their own pace. It takes courage and commitment on the part of the survivor to find a way past the hurt and often shame that they experience as a consequence of the trauma, but the therapeutic relationship can slowly help to unravel the binding threads that can keep survivors tied to these feelings.

Your counsellor will review whether you feel the counselling is meeting your needs on a regular basis. 

Crisis Counselling

We endeavour to respond as soon as possible to those clients that contact the centre in crisis, whether due to a recent assault or the sudden recollection of an historical assault. The helpline staff will respond within 24 hours and an offer of a face to face session will be offered within the week.

Education

A Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention Programme for Young People. 

The aim of this programme is to educate young people about all forms of sexual violence. Young people often struggle to name their unwanted sexual experiences as rape or sexual assault. Studies show that sexual violence is more likely to occur in a relationship or by someone known to the victim, which can often make it difficult for a young person to identify it as assault.  Also, commonly held myths that include, sexual assault must include physical force, result in physical injury, or is perpetrated by strangers in dark places, can diminish how they view their experience. 

This programme defines and explores the different kinds of sexual violence, how to identify it, and its effects. It explores in depth the areas of consent, alcohol and how our present culture influences our views on sexual violence. Alongside this, the aim is to provide greater access to services for young people who have experienced sexual assault or abuse or may do in the future.


Commonsense Parenting Course

THE MAYO RAPE CRISIS CENTRE HSE COMMON SENSE PARENTING COURSE

The Centre runs the above Common Sense Parenting course with emphasis on parenting as a sexual violence survivor in both the 2 to 6 year old age group and the 6 to 16 year old age groups. The Centre added two modules to the course which looks at specific issues for survivors of sexual violence. Before taking part in the course a questionnaire is given and can be filled out with a clients counsellor or if finished counselling or if from another service/agency, with a trainer from the centre. It is recommended that those attending the course who have done some personal therapy but it is important to know that the course is a training not a therapy group. 

Common Sense Parenting is a skill-based parenting programme where parents develop practical and effective  ways to:

  • Encourage your children’s positive behaviour

  • Discourage negative behaviour

  • Teach your children alternatives to problem behaviour

You will develop and learn specific skills to use when interacting with your children, setting them up for success in their everyday lives and these include using effective praise for encouraging positive behaviour, developing techniques for using effective discipline, using consequences to change behaviour, preventing problems, correcting problem behaviour and teaching your children social skills that are beneficial for themselves and others.


Training for other Professionals


Disclosure training
The Disclosure Training is for workers or individuals who may in their work or daily lives be come recipients of a disclosure of sexual abuse or sexual violence. Or indeed may have a suspicion. The training is approximately four hours long and provides information on 

  • What do I do if someone discloses to me.
  • How can I be supportive to a Survivor.
  • When do I need to report the Information I have been given?
  • Agency Roles.
  • Looking after your self in the event of such a disclosure.

We can provide to any group of individuals on the basis of 10 -12 people  per workshop.

 

Awareness Raising

We take every opportunity to raise awareness and challenge perceptions about the causes and impact of sexual violence through talks and public events.

 

Support for Family & Friends

We at the Mayo Rape Crisis Centre know that sexual violence does not just affect the victim/survivor but also those around them. Because of this we offer information and possible support sessions for partners, family members and friends so that they may better support survivors.

 

 

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