Women`s Services

Women's Services supports sex workers and women involved in the sex industry, as well as women experiencing marginalisation or in other vulnerable situations. Women’s Services is about creating a safe space where women can access free and confidential professional support. 

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

If you are a women looking for support, please contact us on 9331 7602 or email us at [email protected]

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.

Our Open House is a drop in space that operates as a day-refuge, with showers, laundry facilities, lounge spaces and dining.

CALD Program

Our CALD program targets sex workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who work in brothels. We offer visa and immigration support, community events, ESL classes, counselling, advocacy, outreach, case management and exit pathways from the sex industry. We have staff who speak fluent Mandarin and Cantonese, as well as translation services available.

If you are a sex worker and want support please contact us on 9331 7602 or email us at [email protected]

Domestic Violence

BaptistCare continues to be one of the nation’s leaders in supporting women in domestic violence situations. We have a domestic violence specialist counsellor on-site and trained case workers to support women in domestic violence situations.

For 24/7 support please call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732).

To book an appointment with our counsellor, please call our office on 9331 7602.

Exit Pathways from the Sex Industry

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 for women wanting to exit the sex industry.

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

We also have a scholarship options and informal exit pathways from the sex industry available.