Sexual Violence Centre Cork
5 Camden Place, Cork City, T23 TH9D
Sexual Violence Centre Cork was set up on International Women’s Day in 1983 by the inspiring Mary Crilly to provide services to victims of all forms of sexual violence in Cork city and county. Mary was awarded the highest civic honour ‘Freedom of the City of Cork’ in 2022. In her acceptance speech this remarkable feminist said:
“As a society we need to have a zero tolerance for sexual violence. We need to keep talking. We need to keep challenging. We need to change the culture that tolerates sexual violence.”
The Centre has two main aims: to work towards the elimination of sexual violence in society and to provide the highest quality of services to victims of sexual violence.
The Centre provides services to victims of all forms of sexual violence aged 14 and up. Sexual violence is an umbrella term which includes rape, child sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual harassment, human trafficking, stalking, forced marriage, female genital mutilation and coercive control.
The Centre supports victims, free of charge, in person or online. Services for victims include a freephone helpline and text service, counselling, information and advice and accompaniment to court or the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit. Support is also offered to friends, families and professionals who are supporting people subjected to sexual violence.
Alongside service provision, the Centre works to eliminate sexual violence in society through education and campaigns. The Centre visits schools and colleges with an education programme, Project Name It. The Centre is involved in a number of campaigns, including #FixedIt Ireland, Cork Against Human Trafficking, Stalking in Ireland, #AskConsent and Safe Gigs Ireland.
Freephone: 1800 496 496
Text/Whatsapp: 087 1533 393