This is not happily ever after...

Prince Charming, hitting beautiful princess

The fairytale never said anything about Prince Charming using sex as a weapon to exert his power over the beautiful princess, or demanding it from her even when she said no.

For many in relationships, the story never turns out quite the way they thought either.

Deirdre's Story

"There have been a couple of occasions over the last few months when I wasn’t in the humour for making love, but felt I should. Sure that’s just the way it is sometimes between couples, isn’t it?"

Read the full story on Rape Crisis Centre

Joanna's Story

"The relationship was very physical. At first that was great, the whole first flush of love thing where you can’t get enough of each other. But I was also finding out that he could be very judgemental and cruel..."

Read the full story on Womens Aid

To understand whether you are or have been a victim of sexual violence in a relationship, read our sample scenarios on Support services are on hand to help.


The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre was established in 1979 and provides counselling and therapy for adult victims (female and male) of rape, sexual assault, past childhood sexual abuse and sexual harassment.

A short-term crisis service is provided for young people aged 16-18 with parental or guardian consent. The DRCC operates a National 24 Hour Helpline (1800 778888), which is available 365 days a year, for victims of sexual violence, their supporters and families as well as other professionals and members of the public.

Trained volunteers provide accompaniment, 24 hours a day, to victims at the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit at the Rotunda Hospital as well as garda and court accompaniment.

DRCC has outreach centres in Coolock, Tallaght and the Dochas Women’s Prison.

DRCC also provides training programmes for professionals who work with victims of sexual violence in addition to programmes on preventing and dealing with bullying, harassment and sexual harassment.



Women's Aid provides support and practical information to women experiencing emotional, sexual, physical, and financial abuse from partners and exes. We are a national organisation working to stop domestic violence since 1974.

The Women’s Aid National Freephone Helpline (1800 341 900) provides confidential support and information to women experiencing emotional, physical, sexual and financial abuse from intimate partners. The Helpline is free of charge to callers throughout the Republic of Ireland.

Support workers on the Helpline are trained to listen and help a woman make sense of what is happening to her, and plan for her and her children’s safety. They will not judge or tell a woman what to do.

The Helpline can provide support in 170 languages through our telephone interpretation service and refers women to local domestic abuse support, rape crisis centres, court accompaniment, legal aid, and other practical supports. It operates from 10am to 10pm, every day of the year (except Christmas day).

Women’s Aid also provides ongoing One to One Support and Court Accompaniment in the greater Dublin area.