The Orange County Rape Crisis Center is a nonprofit agency located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. This organization serves survivors of sexual violence in the Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough communities through various services and programs, including a 24-hour helpline. OCRCC’s mission is “to stop sexual violence and its impact through support, education and advocacy.” 

OCRCC started in 1974 during the anti-sexual violence movement of the 1960s and ‘70s. This movement resulted in federal laws and budget allocations for the earliest rape crisis centers.

OCRCC has been recognized with 10 awards, including:

  • Purple Ribbon of Excellence from the North Carolina Domestic Violence Commission (2016)

  • North Carolina Center for Nonprofits Nonprofit Stewards Award (2002)

  • North Carolina Victim Assistance Network Outstanding Leadership Award (2000)

  • Donna Stone Memorial Award for Excellence in Abuse Prevention (1997)

Services and Programs

OCRCC offers many services to support primary and secondary survivors of sexual violence including a 24-hour helpline, drop-in crisis counseling, confidential support groups, therapy, and free HIV and sexually transmitted infection testing. Its advocacy services for survivors include accompaniment to appointments with medical professionals and lawyers. It also offers help with filing police reports and protective orders. 

Another focus of the organization is preventative education and outreach. OCRCC offers programs ranging from professional training to presentations for children, teens and families. Many of the services and programs are offered in English and Spanish.

How to Get Involved

In addition to full-time employment opportunities and internships, OCRCC has several volunteer positions, from educators to childcare assistants. Volunteers receive a comprehensive core training no matter their position so that everyone at the center is equipped to handle any circumstance with sensitivity and confidentiality. 

The center also has a running donation page and hosts various fundraisers like its annual holiday auction.