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ga - How do I report an incident of sexual crime?

Making an initial report

If you are a victim to of witness to a sexual crime or child abuse we would urge you to report this to An Garda Síochána. You can do this by the following methods:

Call 112/999

Call 112/99 in the case of an emergency - an emergency is any incident which requires an immediate Garda response. Examples of emergencies are a danger to life; risk of serious injury; crime in progress or about to happen; offender still at scene or has just left.

Child Sexual Abuse Freephone 

Complaints of child abuse can be made over the phone and in a confidential manner 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to 1800 555 222.

Call your local Garda Station or report in person 

You can also contact your local Garda station in person or by telephone. Details of all Garda stations are available here. You may call to the Garda station I person accompanied by a friend or a support worker from one of the many victim support groups. Details of those groups, providing both national and local services, are listed on www.cosc.ie. Cosc, the National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence is an executive office of the Department of Justice and Equality.

Contact your local Rape Crisis Centre

Rape crisis centres throughout the country offer advice and support services to victims of rape and sexual assault. You may contact the national 24-hour helpline at 1800 77 88 88.

Please consider reporting the incident to An Garda Síochána at the earliest opportunity. A delay in reporting the opportunity for An Garda Síochána to collect important evidence.