Our mission

is to stop sexual violence and its impact through support, education, and advocacy.

Our vision

is a world free of sexual violence and all other oppressions.

About the Center

The Orange County Rape Crisis Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit agency. We have served the Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough, and surrounding communities since 1974. We provide 24-hour crisis intervention services to survivors of sexual violence. Our services include our 24-Hour Help Line, support groups, workshops, and therapy referrals. Additionally, the Center offers educational programs for raising awareness about sexual violence and teaching prevention skills.

In 2007, the Center launched our Latino Services Program to offer bilingual services to the Spanish-speaking community. All our crisis services and education programs are offered in Spanish.

The Orange County Rape Crisis Center employs ten staff members. We are a United Way of the Greater Triangle Member Agency of Excellence.

Awards & Honors

2013 | Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit of the Year
2009 | Triangle United Way Agency of Excellence
2005 | Triangle United Way Agency of Excellence
2005 | Triangle Access Award for Disability Services
2002 | N. C. Center for Nonprofits Nonprofit Stewards Award
2000 | N. C. Victim Assistance Network Outstanding Leadership Award
1997 | Donna Stone Memorial Award for Excellence in Abuse Prevention


Help, Hope & Healing: The Numbers

The following statistics are from our 2013-2014 fiscal year:

  • We served 601 clients. This represents a 60% increase in the number of clients served over the past 5 years.
  • We held 20 support groups and workshop series, some in English and some in Spanish. Nearly 100 percent of participants reported that our groups helped them feel less alone in their experience and more supported in their healing process.
  • We provided 865 Community Education programs to 14,805  youth and adults. 67% of those were elementary school students.
  • An evaluation team comprised of Center staff and UNC MPH students found that the majority of fourth graders (94 percent) who had been in our program in the year previous could accurately remember the safety saying. Additionally, when compared to students who had not received Safe Touch programs, students who had been through our fourth and fifth grade programs were significantly more likely to accurately identify cyber-bullying and sexual harassment and to have positive beliefs about reporting inappropriate or unwanted behaviors.

The Orange County Rape Crisis Center is dedicated to meeting the needs of all members of our community regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age, language, national origin, and immigration status. 

  • 24-Hour Help Line:

    • 866-WE-LISTEN (866-935-4783)
    • 919-967-7273 (Local)
    • 919-338-0746 (TTY)