Ruhama's outreach team proactively makes contact with women involved in prostitution.
Our Outreach Van is on the streets at night time, in areas where prostitution is known to take place. The van is specially designed to create a safe space for women who want to talk to workers or avail of the hot drinks provided.
This service provides a range of practical supports from providing personal alarms and information to maximise personal safety, to supporting women in reporting a crime to the Gardai (police).
Outreach workers provide appropriate interventions to assist women presenting as suicidal. The workers also advise women about Ruhama's casework service which can provide more in-depth support and help in advocating for women on a variety of issues, such as, access to welfare benefits and housing.
Alternatively the workers offer direct information/make referrals to other specific organisations (e.g. health, violence against women and drug services) should any of these needs be identified.
Ruhama collaborates with women in street prostitution, other street outreach services and the Gardai, to share information relating to dangerous offenders who target women. This mechanism of reporting allows women to give information without requiring a formal complaint if they do not wish to. Reports are shared both with other women on the street to inform them of potential risks and with the Gardai to support intelligence gathering/investigations aimed at apprehending these violent and dangerous offenders.
Outreach also takes place in the Women's Health Service (a HSE clinic to women involved in prostitution) and the women's prison (Dochas Centre).