Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre
The Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre (ORCC) first opened its doors on December 15, 1974. Originally located in a small apartment on Somerset Street West, it was the third such Centre in Canada (others had been established in Toronto and Vancouver). Initially, the Centre was comprised of three volunteers offering crisis line services to victims of sexual assault.
The ORCC has developed over the past twenty-four years into a community leader in the field of sexual violence. In 1976 the staff at the ORCC included four full-time staff members and 40 volunteers. Today the staff at the ORCC consists of seven full-time and four part-time staff members. There are over one hundred volunteers that work on the 24 - hour crisis line, and provide public education activities. The staff and volunteers also act as liaisons with the police, hospitals, lawyers and other social service resources.