The 7 RCNI member RCCs in Ireland provide direct support to hundreds of survivors of sexual violence every year and are the primary resource for RCNI values and expertise.
The RCNI draws on those resources to represent the rape crisis sector and the issues of sexual violence on, among others, the National Steering Committee on Violence Against Women and its subcommittees; the Regional Advisory Committees on Violence Against Women; and the Commission for the Support of Victims of Crime. This is a powerful way to ensure that the expertise gained from the work with survivors is transmitted into the national arena and utilised by other agencies with a role to play in ending sexual violence.
Building on this base, the RCNI also works in active partnership with other national network agencies, including Safe Ireland. RCNI is active in partnerships and collaborations with a range of statutory, non-statutory, academic, national and international bodies working to prevent sexual violence and reduce its impact.
The Department of Justice, Equality & Law Reform, largely through Cosc, The National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence; the Commission for the Support of Victims of Crime; and An Garda Síochána.
RCNI have taken the lead on a number of collaborations and initiatives amongst them:
- A Public Private Partnership with an IT partner and academic experts to develop the internationally groundbreaking RCNI Database
- The Daphne I funded pan European project to found the European network of Rape Crisis Centres and support the development of pan European research
- The hosting of the 3rd International Conference on Survivors of Rape
- Multi-agency collaboration with nursing and medical personnel from the SATU in the Rotunda and the CARE Unit in Letterkenny, nursing education personnel, An Garda Siochana DVSAIU, and the Forensic Science Laboratory to advance Sexual Assault Treatment Unit survivor access, and service guidance and standards.
- The development of a paradigm shifting set of guidance on awareness raising and working collaboratively with the Public Awareness Subcommittee of the NSCVAW and with the SafeIreland chair, to adapt and agree guidance that has become the national guidance.
- Chairing of the Legal Issues subcommittee of the NSCVAW since 2004; working collaboratively with experts and stakeholders to identify gaps and needs; and to explore and agree recommendations, and progress same.
- Collaborating with the National youth organization Foróige to integrate Sexual Violence into their youth education programme, train trainers and collaborate on roll out and development. Please contact us for more information.