Looking for Support?

In distress? Looking for information? Want to talk right now?  Call our 24-Hr Crisis Line: 613-562-2333.
Accompaniment can be arranged for women going to court, hospital, police, etc.

Counselling Services

The Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre (ORCC) offers counselling services for women 16 years and older who are either recent or childhood survivors of all types of sexual assault.  All of our counselling services are free of charge. Survivors may access our long-term counselling, crisis counselling and group counselling.  Additionally, the ORCC offers crisis counselling to a survivor’s supports (partner, parent, and friend) of up to 3 sessions.

  • Long-term Counselling: Counselling that explores a variety of issues related to sexual assault and promotes healing. Long-term counselling generally lasts up to 1 year.
  • Crisis or Short-term Counselling: Short-term counselling that is available for women in immediate need of counselling support. Crisis counselling offers up to 12 sessions of counselling. Supports of the women may access up to 3 sessions of crisis counselling.
  • Group Counselling: Various therapeutic groups offered bi-yearly that focus on a variety of topics including grief, boundaries, trust, relationships, sex and sexuality, flashbacks etc. These groups promote sharing and healing with other survivors in a safe, closed-group setting. These groups require women to register and to complete a pre-screening interview with the group facilitator prior to the beginning of the group.
  • Support-Person Counselling: many support people feel powerless or wish to 'say the right thing' to those they love who have been sexually assaulted or abused. ORCC offers up to 3 sessions survivor's support people - I.e. family, partners.

How to Access ORCC Counselling Services

To access long-term or group counselling services at the ORCC or to receive more information about counselling services, please call the Counselling Team Leader at 613-562-2334 ex 30.
To access crisis counselling services at the ORCC please call the crisis line between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday at 613-562-2333 ex. 30.