The Partnerships & Community Education program aims to build a network of organisations within the social service sector that are knowledgeable of and responsive to the experiences and issues of women in the sex industry, including women who have experienced trafficking.

These aims support our long-term goal of reducing the stigma and discrimination experienced by women in the sex industry, including women who have experienced trafficking.

In the last financial year, we delivered 19 workshops to over 300 attendees from across more than 75 organisations in the community social service sector.

Participants come from a range of services, including:

  • Family violence
  • Community legal
  • Housing/homelessness
  • Settlement services
  • Mental health and much more.

Almost 1/3 of the 300 workshops participants surveyed have supported over 300 women from the sex industry in the last 12-18 months. Only 8 of these workers had ever received specialised training on how to support women in the sex industry.

Nearly 10% of participants had knowingly supported women who had experienced trafficking for sexual exploitation in the previous 12 months. Only 2 of these workers had received specialised training.

This demonstrates a need to build the capacity of the community sector to better support and refer women in the sex industry and women who have experienced trafficking.

Our professional development workshops cover:

  • Project Respect’s vision, mission and services
  • the legal definition and legislative frameworks underpinning sex work in Victoria and the nature and scope of exploitation in the licensed sector
  • human trafficking for sexual exploitation, indicators and support pathways
  • family violence and its unique impact on women in the sex industry
  • stigma and discrimination, and
  • how to tailor support and identify appropriate referral pathways

If you would like to attend a workshop or have a conversation about customising the content for your staff needs, please contact Project Respect on [email protected].”