We work to see women energised by their future and not defined by their past.
We, Beyond the Streets, work with women involved in the UK sex industry. We work to see women safe from coercion, violence and abuse.
We collaborate to ensure women are not compelled to sell sex and to create routes out of prostitution by working with others including those with lived experience. Together we work to challenge the stigma that surrounds the sale of sex, to eliminate “survival sex” and more broadly to end violence against women and girls.
Door of Hope
Door of Hope
This project is based in Tower Hamlets and supports approximately 100 women who are facing multiple disadvantage and selling sex on street. This is done via trained Women’s Support Workers and volunteers through twice weekly street outreach, multiple drop-in sessions, and 1:1 long-term, women-centred and trauma-informed, daytime support.
This is a UK wide remote telephone call back support service. We provide long-term trauma-informed intensive support and a non-judgemental listening place for up to 18 months. We support women to determine their own futures, improve self-agency and support goal setting; we provide safety planning and enable access to services, whilst advocating alongside them, including within housing and finances.
Alongside our direct work with women, we equip and support other projects across the UK to tackle sexual exploitation. We host a national network of over 40 affiliate projects who work with women selling sex both on/off street. We provide tailored support, training, advice for project development and good practice, and spaces for shared learning.
As a specialist organisation we provide training events for professionals and people interested in trauma-informed, women-centred approaches to working alongside women selling sex. Aims include reducing stigma and improving access to services for women. We have attendees from a range of disciplines including , Police, probation, drug/alcohol services, VAWG, sexual health services.
We work partner and via collaboration to published research that seeks to highlight and address the structural, economic and societal disadvantages that women who sell sex experience and the complex personal and systemic root causes.
Our online tour developed from our live tour run in the East End of London, where we work today. The tours exist to challenge public attitudes and the stigma that surround women who sell sex, often for survival. Also to change the public narrative around the so called ‘Jack the Ripper’ murders that still exists in today’s society.