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Victims Charter

The Victims Charter is fully supported by Dignity4Patients. We appreciate the importance of defending victims' rights and dignity, as well as ensuring that they receive the required support, help, and protection. The Victims Charter is critical in amplifying survivors' voices, advocating for their rights, and fostering a culture of understanding and respect.

Information for Victims of Sexual Abuse:

If you have been a victim of sexual abuse, it is vital to know that you are not alone, and that help is available. Dignity4Patients recognises that you may be feeling overwhelmed, physically, and emotionally, and unsure what to do next. You may be considering reporting the incident but are unsure where to begin.

It can be reassuring to learn about the actions you can take after experiencing sexual abuse during this difficult time. Recovery from sexual assault or abuse is a unique process that takes time—there is no set timeline for healing.

Dignity4Patients recognises the importance of reforms in supporting survivors of sexual abuse and advocates for a compassionate and victim-focused approach within the healthcare system. Contact us for more information.

Reporting a Crime:

The Victims Charter provides instructions on how to report a crime, including measures such as reporting the crime to An Garda Sochána, the investigation process, and the possibility of prosecution. It also explains how to file a complaint with An Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) and how victims of crime can seek compensation through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal.

The Victims Charter:
The Victims Charter seeks to defend the rights of victims, particularly sexual assault survivors, by offering them support, aid, and protection. The charter empowers survivors, provides a framework for redress, and ensures that they are treated with compassion, decency, and respect by understanding victims' unique needs, promoting accountability, and fostering collaboration among stakeholders. For more information on the Victims Charter and Your Rights and the Criminal Courts processes see the links below:

The Charter:

The Courts Stage:


The Post-Trial Stage:

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