Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence

  • The Rape Crisis Centre (24-hour confidential helpline) Freephone: 1800 77 88 88
  • Ireland has six Sexual Assault Treatment Units around the country – they can help you if you have been raped or sexually assaulted. They work 24/7 365 days a year Find your nearest SATU 

Domestic, sexual and gender-based violence (DSGBV) takes many forms and can affect anyone, whatever their age, educational background, culture, gender, or sexual orientation.

The HSE Policy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence (2010) aims to put in place an integrated and coordinated health sector response to domestic violence and sexual violence. 

Third National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence

The central aim of the Third National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence 2022-2026  is Zero Tolerance of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence in our society.

An implementation plan, has been approved by the government for the first 18 months of the Strategy, with annual action plans to follow for every subsequent year of the lifetime of the Zero Tolerance strategy.

Under the Strategy, the National Social Inclusion Office is working on a HSE National DSGBV Training Programme of 4 e-learning modules. The first Module – DSGBV Awareness is now available on HSELanD. More information about training is available here.

Relevant Documents

RECOGNISE, RESPOND, REFER -A review of the approaches used by frontline HSE staff to ask about domestic, sexual and gender-based violence (2023).

HSE National Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Training Resource- recognising and responding to victims of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence (DSGBV) in vulnerable or at-risk communities manual (2019)

HSE Second National Intercultural Health Strategy 2018-2023

Female genital mutilation: Information for health-care professionals working in Ireland 3rd edition

Translating Pain Into Action: A Study of Gender-based Violence and Minority Ethnic Women in Ireland

Third National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2019-2024 

National Strategy for Women and Girls 2017-2020: creating a better society for all

HSE Sexual Health Services

The HSE Anti Human Trafficking Team have the brief of care planning for  victims of trafficking under the statutory national action plan. Persons can be trafficked for sexual, labour and forced crime reasons

A Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (SATU) is a safe place to go if you have been raped or sexually assaulted.

SATU Annual Report 2022

Resources for Domestic Violence

HSE Cork/Kerry Animation on domestic violence

Available in English and Arabic

AkiDwA Women Support Services leaflet and poster for Domestic Violence

Available in English leaflet, Arabic poster, Arabic leaflet, French poster, French leaflet, Swahili poster, Swahili leaflet