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Women's Services

Sometimes that support is as simple as a friendly smile over a cup of coffee. Other times it involves advocacy, such as navigating the complexities of social housing, holistic counselling or creating sustainable exit strategies. Women’s Services operates from a trauma-informed care, strengths based and harm minimisation approach. At present, the key areas Women’s Services are involved with include, but are not limited to:

1.            Women involved with street-based sex work,

2.            Women from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds involved in lower-end brothels.

3.            Women in the social housing community

4.            Women in domestic violence situations

 

Women’s Space

HopeStreet Women’s Space has historically been a support service for women involved with street-based sex work in Inner Sydney, who often experience high stigma and discrimination when accessing traditional services. Women’s Space has been a safe support agency to bring life transforming and trusted care for the last twenty years and has focused on the many factors that are strongly linked to entering and continuing in the industry, including homelessness, mental health, domestic violence (DV), trauma and addiction.

The Women’s Space Program includes Outreach, Open House Appointments, Workshops and Individual Professional Support.

CALD Program

Launching in 2016, this program will target women involved with sex work from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds. The program will offer support, advocacy, referral, social inclusion, ESL classes and case management.

Domestic Violence

BaptistCare continues to be one of the nation’s leaders in supporting women in domestic violence situations. In 2016, this service will expand to the inner city. To access support if you are, or have been, affected by domestic violence, please call the Domestic Violence Hotline on 1800 65 64 63.

Exit Pathways

Exit Pathways have been created for women who wish to start a new chapter in their lives. Our Exit Pathways provide tailor-made opportunities and ongoing support.

Our Exit Pathways include:

  • Guaranteed employment with a minimum of 21 hours a week for 12 months
  • Accreditation in field of employment (Cert II or III)
  • Weekly/Fortnightly case management with a specialised case worker
  • Fortnightly workshops with life-skills training
  • Anonymity & flexibility