Below are a list of useful resources and information for you to use, including websites, phone numbers, publications and information booklets to download and a list of some Frequently Asked Questions and Answers.




Rape Crisis Network Ireland is the national representative body for Rape Crisis Centre (RCCs) in Ireland. RCCs offer support, information, counselling and Garda, court and forensic medical accompaniment for survivors of rape and sexual violence in Ireland. Support and information is also available to family and friends. All RCCs have a helpline that can answer your questions and provide support.


  • Adapt Kerry Women’s Refuge & Support Services – 066 7129100
  • CARI Helpline – 1890 924 567
  • Childline – 1800 666666
  • Citizens Information Centre, Tralee – 066 7123655 or lo-call 1890 777121
  • Garda Victim Support Office – Freephone)
  • Crime Victims Crimeline –  Freephone 116 006 or text 085 1337711 
  • Garda Siochana – 999/112
  • Garda Station Caherciveen – 066 7172111
  • Garda Station Killarney – 064 66 31222
  • Garda Station Listowel – 066 7121000
  • Garda Station Tralee – 066 7122022
  • Homeless Information Centre – 066 7117633
  • Harbour Counselling – 021 4861360
  • Irish Family Planning Association, Pregnancy Helpline – 1850 455051
  • Kerry University Hospital – 088 718 4000
  • Jigsaw – 066 7186785
  • Legal Aid Board – 066 7126900
  • MABS Money Advice & Budgeting Service – 066 7129750
  • Pieta House – 066 7163660
  • Samaritans – 116123
  • Kerry Adolescent Counselling  – 066 7181333
  • South Infirmary / Victoria Hospital (Sexual Assault Treatment Unit) – 021 4926297
  • Southwest Counselling Centre – 064 6636416
  • STI Clinic – Cork/Kerry – 021 4966844
  • Women’s Aid Helpline – 1800 341900
  • Athlone Rape Crisis Centre – 1800 306600
  • Carlow & South Leinster Rape Crisis & Counselling Centre – 1800 727 727
  • Sexual Violence Centre Cork – 1800 496 496
  • Donegal Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Centre – 1800 448 844
  • Dublin Rape Crisis Centre – 1800 778 888 (24hr freephone number)
  • Galway Rape Crisis Centre – 1850 355 355
  • Kilkenny Rape Crisis & Counselling Centre – 1800 478 378
  • Limerick Rape Crisis Centre – 1800 311 511
  • Mayo Rape Crisis Centre – 1800 234 900
  • Rape Crisis & Sexual Abuse Centre (N.E) (Dundalk) – 1800 212 122
  • Rape Crisis & Sexual Abuse Centre (N.I) (Belfast) – 04890 329 002
  • Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Service (Wexford) – 1800 330 033
  • Sligo Rape Crisis Centre – 1800 750 780
  • Tipperary Rape Crisis Centre – 1800 340 340
  • Tullamore Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Counselling Service – 1800 323 232
  • Waterford Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre – 1800 296 296



What is Counselling?

Counselling can be described as a process which provides help, support and an understanding listener, Counselling helps clients to gain clearer insight into themselves and their situation so that they are better able to draw on their own resources to help themselves, by creating a place of acceptance.

The main focus of the counselling provided by the Kerry Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre is non-directive; this means that the counsellor will not offer advice on what you should do. Often people come to counselling wanting someone to take control of the situation but in reality you as the client, already have the answers, you might just need to talk it through in an environment where you feel accepted and respected.

Counselling and Confidentiality

Everything that is said between the client and the counsellor is treated in total confidence. Confidentiality will only be limited in exceptional circumstances i.e. confidentiality will be limited if there is a concern regarding the sexual abuse of a minor (under 18 years). If confidentiality is to be limited it will be talked through with the client in advance.

Do I have to be a survivor of sexual violence to avail of this service?
No, we provide support to survivors of rape and sexual abuse and their partners, families and close friends. 
Do I need to be referred?

Sometime clients are referred to us from other agencies and organisations but the majority of our clients are self-referrals.

You can contact us on our freephone 1800 633 33 or call to our centre.

How much do I have to pay?
The Kerry Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre offers a free professional counselling service, to males and females who have experienced or have been affected by rape, sexual abuse or any other form of sexual violence.  
What can I do if someone tells me that they were a victim of rape or sexual abuse?
  • Believe him or her
  • Be yourself – treat the survivor just as you normally do. Try not to be overly protective.
  • Express your caring and concern for the survivor
  • Allow the survivor to have her or his feelings
  • Reassure the survivor that confusing and painful feelings are to be expected
  • Let the survivor know that the assault was not her or his fault. Do not judge or blame the survivor for his / her actions.
  • Remember that the powerlessness is a big issue. You may guide the survivor. But let the survivor have control of her or his own life and make her or his own decisions about how to proceed.
  • Encourage, but do not force the survivor to talk
  • Listen in a caring way, but don’t try to ‘fix’
  • Help the survivor understand the importance of getting medical attention, gently encourage seeking help from those with expertise in sexual violence
  • Find healthy ways to deal with your anger, rage and fears without further traumatizing the survivor
  • Respect the confidentiality of the survivor
  • TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. Make sure YOU have emotional support if necessary.
What kind of feelings and reactions can a survivor of rape and sexual abuse experience?

When someone has been raped or sexually abused they may experience unusual thoughts, feelings and / or behaviours and may not be acting ‘like their usual self’.

Counselling helps people to understand that these feelings and responses are normal reactions in the aftermath of rape or sexual abuse

Some feelings or reactions a survivor may experience:

  • Ashamed, Guilty
  • Angry, Depressed
  • Betrayed, Confused
  • Avoiding work or over-working
  • Am I going mad / am I normal?
  • Change in eating habits (not eating or over-eating)
  • Changes in sleep habits (unable to sleep or sleeping too much)
  • Dirty, may wash constantly
  • Engaging in risky behaviours
  • Feel that they are over-protective of their children.
  • Feel that they do not deserve to be loved or happy
  • Find it hard to trust people
  • Find sex is a problem because it triggers off memories of abuse or because they feel under so much pressure to be ‘normal’.
  • Have nightmares or flashbacks.
  • Increased irritability
  • Increase alcohol and / or drug use
  • Keeping to yourself, isolating from friends and loved ones
  • Loss of trust
  • Panic, nervous and unsafe
  • Self Blame
  • Shock, numbness, unable to talk
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Unable to stop talking about your experience

All of these reactions are normal in the aftermath of rape or sexual assault.

If you have been raped or assaulted, you deserve support, respect and dignity.

What is Rape?

Rape is penetration (however slight) of the mouth, anus or vagina with an object or the penis without consent.

Rape is about power and control, which uses sexual penetration as a weapon. Not all rapes and sexual assaults are physically violent but violence can be implied or threatened.

What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault can be committed by both men and women against a man or a woman.

It is a Sexual Act of physical, psychological and emotional violation which is inflicted on someone without consent. Sexual Assault can be any unwanted sexual contact, fondling or groping of sexual body parts. It can also involve violence or cause injury, humiliation or degradation of a grave nature. Sexual Assault can involve forcing or manipulating someone to witness or participate in any sexual acts.

This offence covers a range of conduct, from non-consensual sexual touching to a sexual attack just falling short of rape.

What is Child Sexual Abuse?
Child Sexual Abuse is the deliberate misuse of power over a child by an adult or an adolescent. The abuser’s power may come from being older, bigger or more sophisticated or from being in a position of trust or authority over the child. The abuse may include inappropriate sexual remarks, fondling, sexual assault, rape, pornography or more violent assaults. 
What is incest?
Incest is when a man has sexual intercourse with his mother, sister, daughter or grand-daughter or a woman who has sexual intercourse with her grandson, son, brother or father is also guilty of incest. Consent is not relevant.


We have a number of Publications available for you to download and read. Click on the links below to download.


KRSAC Strategic Plan 2018
RCNI Legal Information Pack for
Practitioners Advising Survivors of Sexual Violence RCNI Legal Information Pack for Practitioners Advising Survivors of Sexual Violence
RCNI Guide to the Legal Process for
Survivors of Sexual Violence RCNI Guide to the Legal Process for Survivors of Sexual Violence
National Strategy on Domestic
Sexual and Gender-based Violence 2010-2014 National Strategy on Domestic Sexual and Gender-based Violence 2010-2014
KRSAC Information Booklet –
Healing Process for Victims of
KRSAC Information Booklet –
For Firiends & Family of Victims
of Rape & Sexual Assault FOR FRIENDS & FAMILY OF VICTIMS OF RAPE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT - Information Booklet
KRSAC Information Booklet –
When your Partner has been
sexually abused WHEN YOUR PARTNER HAS BEEN SEXUALLY ABUSED - Infomation Booklet
KRSAC Information Booklet –
Sayit Booklet SAYIT BOOKLET - Infomation Booklet
KRSAC Information Booklet –
Guide to the Legal Process for Survivors of Sexual Violence RCNI Guide to the Legal Process for Survivors of Sexual Violence
“Through The Chair Book”.
Through The Chair