Friday, January 1, 2010

Sexual and Other Forms of Abuse (Updated June 2017)

The Parishes of Saggart/Rathcoole/Brittas and Newcastle Lyons are dedicated to the development of the spiritual life of all, including children. Therefore, we are committed to the protection and care of all. We encourage anyone who is need of support to please contact one of the following services.

Support services for Adults 

Towards Healing (formerly Faoiseamh) was set up to listen to and, if required, arrange face-to-face counselling for victims of abuse by members of religious orders and dioceses.

Rape Crisis Centres are voluntary organisations which provide a comprehensive therapy programme for victims of rape and sexual abuse.
FreeFone 1800 778 888

The Samaritans are available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide.
Phone: ROI: 1850 60 90 90
Email: .   Website:

Crime Victims Helpline is a National Helpline which offers support to victims of crime in Ireland.
Phone: 1850 211 407

The National Counselling Service is a community based service for adults who were hurt by childhood abuse in Ireland. It is administered by the HSE.
Click here

Support Services for Children

Children at Risk in Ireland  (CARI) . Their primary aim is to provide a professional, child-centred therapy and counselling service to children, families and groups who have been affected by child sexual abuse.
Helpline: 1890-924567.

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) is dedicated to ensuring that children have a happy and safe childhood; to preventing children from suffering harm, trauma or abuse; to helping children who have suffered cruelty or trauma, and to ensuring that children are accorded equal rights as citizens. Services include childline (1800 666 666), a 24-hour national freephone helpline for children.

Barnardos is Ireland's leading children’s charity. We work with over 12,000 children and families each year throughout Ireland. Barnardos is committed to the best interests of children and young people in Ireland, promoting and respecting their rights in all of our work.

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