Sexual Assault Treatment Units: Resources for healthcare professionals

National guidelines

Follow these guidelines when caring for anyone over the age of 14 who has been raped or sexually assaulted.

National Guidelines on Referral and Forensic Clinical Examination Following Rape and Sexual Assault (Ireland) 5th edition 2023 (PDF, 4.9 MB, 249 pages).


SATU information video (Youtube)

SATU information leaflet

SATU information poster

Contact your local SATU for physical copies of our leaflets and posters.

Translated resources

Learn about sexual assault services, Rape Crisis Centres and Sexual Assault Treatment Units in:

Download the SATU information poster in:

Annual reports

2023 annual report from the National Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (PDF, 4 MB, 82 pages)

2022 annual report from the National Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (PDF, 1 MB, 70 pages)

2021 annual report from the National Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (PDF, 1.8 MB, 28 pages)

2020 annual report from the National Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (PDF, 1.8 MB, 32 pages)

2019 annual report from the National Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (PDF, 1.5 MB, 24 pages)

Sexual assault forensic examination training courses

Training for Specialist Nurses/ Midwives

Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) Clinical Nurse/Midwives are registered nurses and midwives who have completed specialised postgraduate education and training in the care of the patient who has experienced sexual assault.

The next Post Graduate Higher Diploma in Nursing - Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) will commence in September 2022. This is a full-time programme delivered over 1 calendar year. This programme is delivered by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in partnership with the HSE, and is presently run as a sponsorship scheme.

Please keep up to date with the HSE/HBS recruitment for information on recruitment campaigns from individual hospital groups. You may also contact Ms Sarah O’Connor for further information. 

Training for Medical Doctors

The SATU services welcomes contact from medical doctors who plan to work as forensic medical examiners (FME). In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the “Introduction to Sexual Assault Forensic Examination for Doctors Course” has been revised to be delivered in a blended online and in-person manner. As well as on-the-ground training in your local SATU, the course includes online material, for independent access at your convenience, and a face-to-face day for history-taking and clinical skills training several times per year.

To register your interest in SATU training, please contact Dr Andrea Holmes or Ms Sarah O’Connor to register for the course, and your local SATU to discuss onsite training:


SATU Dublin

Rotunda Hospital, Dublin 1

Tel: 01 8171236



SATU Waterford University Hospital

Tel: 051 842157




South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital

Tel: 021 4926297



SATU Galway

Tel: 087 6338118



SATU Donegal

Mobile: 087 0681964 or Office: 074 9121464



SATU Mullingar

Midlands Regional Hospital Mullingar

Tel: 044 9394239