Our vision & work

One in Four professionally supports men and women who have experienced sexual abuse during childhood. Our aim is to reduce the incidence of sexual abuse by intervening in key areas of the cycle of abuse. We do this through psychotherapy, advocacy and prevention services. 

Why we exist

In Ireland research has shown that one in four children (27%) will experience sexual abuse before the age of 18. Despite well publicized scandals and reports, many Irish people remain unable to respond to this problem and the long term damage it creates individually and at societal level. Our determined aim is to change this.

Statistics source material: SAVI Report, The Ferns Report , The Ryan Report, The Murphy Report

Our vision

One in Four’s vision is an Irish society where children are safe from the threat of sexual abuse. We want Ireland to move from a society where one in four is sexually abused, to a society where nobody is abused.

Our ethos

One in Four gives voice to the people who have experienced sexual abuse and provides a space that by its very existence challenges feelings of shame, isolation and self blame. The passion to protect future children drives us day to day and we work to the Children’s First Guidelines. 

Our work

From our Dublin offices we support individuals, families and groups with expert and specialised psychotherapy. One in Four’s team of skilled and knowledgeable advocates support people dealing with the practical aspects of the aftermath of abuse, e.g. accessing the criminal justice system, child protection services. The aim of our client centred services is to bring people from surviving life to living life.

Our work in prevention covers campaigning, offender treatment and public awareness. Our team of psychotherapists works to protect children by running individual and group offender programmes.

Who we work with

Our service users are men and women who have experienced sexual abuse.  The context of the abuse is widespread as reflected by our 2010 therapy clients: familial (45%), clerical and institutional (27%), community (19%), professionals (7%), strangers (2%).

Charity history

One in Four was established as a charity in Ireland in 2002. Set up by Colm O’Gorman, it started out as a public voice for people abused in clerical and institutional settings and provided therapy. Since then, as more people have come forward for help the range of clients and the required services have expanded. We now run a wide range of therapy programmes (individual, group, family, couples and prevention treatment), and an increasingly busy advocacy service, often providing vital support during the criminal justice journey from initial reporting through to trial.


One in Four Ireland is a registered charity (CHY 15289, Charity Reg. No.: 20052393) with offices in Dublin, Ireland. We comply with the Children First Guidance 2011 and ICTR's Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising.