Services & Campaigns
Ruhama is a voluntary organization; we work with women affected by prostitution and other forms of commercial sexual exploitation.
Our philosophy is the dignity of each person and through our services we help women realize their dignity; - a dignity which may have been lost through women's experiences of sexual objectification and abuse.
We reach out to women by making contact, building relationships and addressing the difficult reality facing women with experiences of prostitution and sex trafficking.
We work with women who are involved in street based or off street prostitution, including escort agencies.
Most of the women we meet who are currently involved in prostitution would like to leave the life but dont know how to or don't have the supports necessary to help them exit. Ruhama provides a range of supports to help women exit and reintegrate into mainstream society.
We have changed our services over the years to address the changing profile of women affected by prostitution. Within the last decade our client group has changed from been predominately Irish to the majority being migrant women. Most of these women were trafficked into prostitution in Ireland but a significant number were trafficked or prostituted into other countries but escaped to Ireland. Now while living here, they have sourced Ruhama for help.
We offer accompaniment and support to women who are suspected victims of crime as they participate in the criminal justice system (ie victims of sexual violence and sex trafficking)
We also offer court accompaniment to women involved in prostitution and who find themselves within the criminal justice system.
In the Ruhama Development Section, each woman's education programme is planned and designed to match her needs and abilities. Women can choose as a first, step one-to-one classes, before engaging in group learning.
At Ruhama, women avail of education as a means of building their self-esteem, developing new interests and acquiring the skills needed for the workplace.
Women can choose to attend classes at our centre, or with our support can access education and training in their local area.
We arrange mentoring support where women are engaging in new areas of study. We also support women who wish to take up third level studies.
Like all of Ruhama's services, entry into the Development programmes are not conditional on the women exiting prostitution and we offer support to women whether they are currently involved in prostitution or have exited the life.
Development Programmes include the following:
Ruhama offers a variety of therapies to women
� Art therapy
� Stress Management
All therapies are provided free of charge to the service user.
With the business world becoming increasingly technology-reliant, computers and IT skills classes are always in demand by women trying to enter the workforce.
Often computer classes are chosen by women as part of their pre-entry into education.
Women have gone on to complete several levels of FETAC Word Processing Modules.
An increasing number of women accessing Ruhama's service over the last decade do not have English as their mother tongue and some have no English at all. Ruhama empowers migrant women by providing English classes to help them integrate into mainstream society and further their educational opportunities.
Some women accessing Ruhama were early school leavers and benefit from attending literacy classes. These classes contribute towards rebuilding their self esteem and help them move into further education.
The art classes help women develop their creative abilities and can be an opportunity for relaxation.
Third Level Education
Study support has been given to women in third level education.
SUPPORT SERVICE TO WOMEN EXITING PROSTITUTION
1. Exiting Programmes for Women who are Currently Involved in Prostitution
Most of the women we meet who are currently involved in prostitution would like to leave the life but don't know how to or don't have the supports necessary to help them exit.
Ruhama's Development programmes are a critical component in helping women leave prostitution and reintegrate into mainstream society.
All programmes in Development are tailored to match the individual woman's needs and abilities. Women can avail of Personal Development, Counselling, Education and Skills Training.
Many participants have entered mainstream employment following success in their studies.
2. Integration and Resettlement Programmes to Women who have
Ruhama helps women to rebuild their lives after leaving prostitution; this includes Irish women and women who have been trafficked across international borders into prostitution.
Programmes to assist integration and resettlement:-
� Personal development
� Life Skills
� Counselling and alternative therapies
� Woman can avail of key-worker one to one support
� Advocacy; we advocate on behalf of women to relevant services i.e.
Gardai, courts, welfare, social and residency services
� Support in accessing private accommodation
� Help with claiming benefits
� Education provided by Ruhama or support in accessing education locally
� Skills training
� Cookery & nutrition
� Support in CV writing and job seeking
� Social integration; A one-to-one befriending service is offered to women
to address the social isolation resulting from prostitution. The
Development team also organize social outings and events.
3. Ongoing Support for Women with a History of Prostitution
Ruhama also provides support to women who have a history of prostitution and who do not want to return to the life.
One to one key-worker support is provided along with counselling and skills training.
Because of the stigma of prostitution women often feel they have no where to go to talk about the issues relating to their experience in prostitution.
Ruhama provides an experienced, non-judgemental, confidential support service to women with a history of prostitution.