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Covid -19

Rape Crisis North East will remain open, but we have adjusted our services in response to Covid-19.  Please contact us on our Helpline Monday to Thursday 10am to 4pm for further information and support – 1800 21 21 22. The National Helpline 1800 77 88 88 is available for support outside RCNE hours.

We would like to confirm that we continue to monitor developments in relation to the COVID-19 Pandemic. We are currently following HSE Guidelines in relation to protecting our clients, everyone who uses our service and ourselves.  We would ask those using our service to check HSE guidelines in relation to at risk groups, affected areas and symptoms of the virus.

Please do not visit any of our centres if you have been to an effected region in the last 14 days, have been in close contact with a confirmed or probable case of covid-19 or are feeling unwell.

We are conscious that this is a stressful time for all and would like to thank everyone for their continued support.

Please click on the link provided to view information on Covid-19: www2.hse.ie/coronavirus

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Dundalk TD welcomes opening of town centre youth mental health service

The news that the CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) will open in Dundalk town centre this week has been welcomed by local TD Ruairí Ó Murchú.

The Dundalk TD, who has been campaigning for two years for the move, applauded the confirmation following a meeting of Community Health Organisation (CHO) management last Wednesday.

Earl House is the location for the service, which had been previously located at the Child and Family Centre on the Dublin Road in Drogheda.

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Specialist training across Justice Sector to better support victims in sexual violence cases announced by Minister McEntee

The Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee TD, today (Wednesday 28 October) published ‘Supporting A Victim’s Journey: A Plan to Help Victims and Vulnerable Witnesses in Sexual Violence Cases’.

The Minister’s plan outlines how she will reform the system of investigating and prosecuting sexual crimes to create a victim centred approach.

Supporting A Victim’s Journey details over 50 individual reforms; assigns responsibility within government for each reform and also sets ambitious timelines for their completion.

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Minister McEntee

RCNI publish new legal information pack

On Monday 31st July Rape Crisis Network Ireland launched a new Legal Information Pack for solicitors and barristers who provide advice to survivors of sexual violence. The pack was launched by former Mrs Justice Catherine Mc Guinness on behalf of RCNI. The launch was attended by Caroline Counihan, RCNI Legal Director, Susan Minor, Services Support Coordinator and Grace McArdle, RCNI Board Director and Manager of Rape Crisis North East.

The aim of the pack is to equip all legal practitioners advising a survivor of sexual violence with as much specialist information as possible.

The pack is available for download from the RCNI website www.rcni.ie

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