Contact Us

Freephone: 1800 296 296
Text Us: 087 2233730
Business: 051 873362
Fax: 051 850717
Address: 2A Waterside, Waterford City. X91 Y361


Other numbers/sites which may prove useful:

Waterford Gardai
Main No:  051 305 300
Protective Services Unit: 051 305 372
Victim Services Office: 051 305 371

Oasis House (Domestic Abuse Services)
Tel: 1800 264 364

Waterford Women’s Centre
Tel: 051 351 918

Carlow & South Leinster Rape Crisis Centre
Tel: 1800 727 737

KASA (Kilkenny Rape Crisis Centre)
Tel: 1800 478 478

Tipperary Rape Crisis Centre
Tel: 1800 340 340

Wexford Rape Crisis
Tel: 1800 33 00 33

Pieta House
Tel: 051 858510


Counselling and support for all aged 14 up (female and male)

Support for family members and friends

Accompaniment – to Gardai, SATU, Court, etc.

Information – legal system, medical, other services

Advocacy/Liaison – with Gardai, Court, etc.

Education/Training/Awareness Raising

Waterford Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre

How We Work

We can be contacted by phone call, text or email.  You can contact us just to get some information for yourself (or for someone else), or to just take that first step and talk to someone a little bit.  Then most people make an appointment to come in to the Centre. The first appointment is a ‘break the ice’ session, where you tell us as much or as little as you wish about yourself, ask any questions you might have and sound us out a bit.  We’ll also talk about confidentiality, how counselling works, etc.  If you then feel we’re the right service for you, we put your name on our waiting list for ongoing counselling.  Support is available while you’re waiting and if you feel you need to start counselling sooner rather than later then we’ll do our best to make that happen.  

All our counsellors are professionally qualified and accredited with IACP, and have additional training in rape and sexual abuse, so we’re a specialized service.  

Our ethos is based on an equal and respectful relationship between the counsellor and client.  We believe counselling is about empowering survivors to take back control over their lives, and that they are the experts in their own recovery – only they can truly know what is best for them.

About Us

Waterford Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre (WRSAC) – formerly the Waterford Rape Crisis Centre – began in 1984 at a time when Irish society was resistant to accepting that rape, sexual assault and child sexual abuse were a reality in our island of saints and scholars.  Much has changed since then, including our Centre.  While we were initially a service run by women for women, today our services are available to women and men, to family members and friends, from the age of 14 up.


The work of the Centre is overseen by a voluntary Board of Directors, presently comprised of:

  • Diane Jacob
  • Marie Dennehy
  • Jennifer Kay
  • Anne Sneyd
  • Clair Grant

The Centre is a registered Company Limited by Guarantee (Company No 231997), a registered Charity (No 6811) and registered with the Charities Regulatory Authority (No 20013455). 

The Centre is a member of Rape Crisis Network Ireland and abides by RCNI best practice guidelines.

The Centre is fully GDPR compliant.  Further information and our Data Protection leaflet are available by contacting the Centre.

Our most recent annual report is available in the Latest News section of our website.

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