- Extend RCNI’s knowledge base around the origins, impact, extent and responses to sexual violence in Ireland.
- Engage with policy-makers, key institutions and wider society, on behalf of the RCNI membership, who use their experience to inform policies and social change agenda.
- Harness the capacity of Rape Crisis Centres to develop and enhance their capacity to continue to act as pivotal agents in a community-based response to sexual violence.
- Build a whole of society response to sexual violence through best practice expertise, and partnership to prevent sexual violence.
- Address a portfolio of issues from a strategic perspective so that the RCNI and its members’ day to day practices maximise resources to mobilise a proactive response to practice and policy issues.
- Support and assist the RCNI membership to agree and implement professional standards in the provision of services and to take on membership rights and responsibilities so as to strengthen the response to sexual violence.
Projects in 2021
To continue our Counselling Survivors On- and Off-Line programme which has emerged from the experience of the Covid-19 lockdown. Lockdown meant that Rape Crisis Centres had to be vacated, and trauma counselling services were forced to move on-line.
The new RCNI programme using at its core the rape crisis model of specialist sexual violence trauma responses, combines both critical research and training. It will gather evidence and understanding around the impact of dealing with the trauma of sexual violence in a pandemic world, and how practitioners have responded.
To continue our work on the Prevention of Sexual Violence.
RCNI developed a Guidance On Prevention for our membership which was subsequently adapted and became The Guiding Principles on Prevention of the Irish National Strategy on Preventing Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence. RCNI has since used these principals to produce a Prevention Model to assist all those working to effect prevention.
To continue our role aiming at securing justice for victims of sexual violence. RCNI has a unique and specialist role in analysis of the justice system and supporting victims to gain justice. We have dedicated expert and specialist resources to support a wide programme of work for justice for victims of sexual violence.