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Rape crisis HQ facing cuts over cash woes

DUBLIN'S Rape Crisis Centre is facing a funding shortfall that could hit services.

An increase in demand for help coupled with a cut in funding has put the centre under intense pressure.

Their Saturday counselling services, which victims of rape often use as they work Monday to Friday, are now full.

And the DRCC now fear it will reach a deficit of €100,000 by the end of this year.

Chief executive of the DRCC, Ellen O'Malley Dunlop told the Herald that one-to-one counselling sessions were full each week.

She said that the DRCC was bracing itself for another cut to funding from the HSE and staff had had three years of pay freezes.

"This year we're going to have a deficit. I anticipate that we'll have a deficit of €100,000," she said.

"The last thing we want to do is cut our service -- during recessionary times it's well known that we get much more calls."