Print this page

Get Help in the Republic of Ireland


Text REACH to 50100

DUBLIN: Ruhama

About us

Ruhama is a Dublin-based NGO which works on a national level with women affected by prostitution. We provide a service to women, including transgender women, across Ireland who are currently involved in on-street and off-street prostitution, women who are exiting prostitution, women who are victims of sex trafficking and women who have a history of prostitution.

How we can help

Our many services for women affected by prostitution, including sex trafficking, are free, confidential and require no visa. Services include:
    • Individual casework support and advocacy
    • An out-of-hours emergency response
    • Material support and crisis accommodation in emergency situations
    • Counselling
    • Housing and social welfare advice and support
    • Training and development courses
    • Individual English classes
    • Support into mainstream education, training and employment
    • Language support (interpreters)
    • Mobile street outreach (Dublin)
    • Outreach to sexual health services and prisons
    • Referral to other key agencies (including: health, legal advice etc.)


Contact us

Contact: Text REACH to 50100 (a free text)
or call 01 836 0292 (Monday-Friday: 9.00-17.00)

Visit: http://www.ruhama.ie/services



DUBLIN: The Women’s Health Service (HSE)

About us

The Women’s Health Service and Anti Human Trafficking Team are provided by the HSE (Health Service Executive). Our service comprises two teams specialising in sexual health and support services for women involved in prostitution, and care of victims of human trafficking for sexual, labour and criminal exploitation. The Women’s Health Service is based in Dublin, while the Anti Human Trafficking Team provides a national service.

How we can help

We provide a wide range of services, including:
    • Assessment and care planning for potential victims of trafficking under the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) and in accordance with their specific needs
    • A sexual health drop-in for women involved in prostitution, providing free:
      • STI tests and treatment
      • contraception
      • outreach support
    • Translation services can also be provided.

Contact us

Address: Women’s Health Service,
Baggot Street Clinic (beside the side entrance of Baggot Street Hospital),
19 Haddington Road, Dublin 4

Opening hours: Tuesdays: 14.00-16.00 (outreach only)
(for drop-in) Wednesdays: 14.00-16.00 (full service)
Thursdays: 20.00-22.00 (full service)

Contact: 01 6699515 or 086 859 0736 – phone, text or drop-in – no appointment needed

Visit: http://www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/5/sexhealth/whp/


Other services that can help

DUBLIN: Chrysalis

About us


Chrysalis Community Drug Project is a harm reduction drug service based in Dublin. We take referrals from any area in Dublin, as well as providing outreach in Dublin City.

How we can help

Chrysalis provides a service to women who identify as working in prostitution, and any concerned persons. The services we can offer include:
    • Free condoms and lubricants
    • Sexual health advice
    • Harm reduction advice/information
    • A dodgy punter/Ugly Mug reporting service
    • Safety advice and information
    • Personal attack alarms
    • Assessments
    • Referrals into drug, homeless and other services
    • Mobile Health Clinic (in partnership with Dublin Simon and Safetynet)
    • Case management , key working and care planning
    • Crisis intervention
    • Online support.

Contact us

Contact: 086 219 8853 or 01 8823362 and ask for Miriam
Email: miriam@chrysalisdrugproject.org

Visit: http://www.chrysalisdrugproject.org/services/chrysalis_sex_work_project


LIMERICK & THE MID-WEST: Doras Luimní

About us

Doras Luimní supports migrants living in Limerick city and the greater Mid-West area of Ireland.

How we can help

Doras Luimní runs services for male and female victims of trafficking, and migrant women and men affected by prostitution in the Mid-West region of Ireland. We provide:
    • Assistance via case work and advocacy
    • Help with asylum applications
    • Interpreting services
    • Support with applications to the Department of Social Protection
    • Accompaniment to appointments such as court appearances, GPs’ offices, or Garda interviews
    • Temporary accommodation at a safe house for those wishing to exit prostitution or human trafficking
    • Help to victims of trafficking in accessing the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) for victims of trafficking in Ireland.

Contact us

Our services can be accessed via our Drop-in Centre.

Address: 51 O'Connell Street, Limerick, Co. Limerick

Opening hours: Mondays: 9.30-12.30 and 14.00-16.30
Tuesdays: 10.30-12.30 and 14.00-16.30
Fridays: 9.30-12.30 and 14.00-16.30

Appointments are available.

Contact: 061 310 328
or 087 177 5853 to speak directly to a caseworker at any time

Visit: http://dorasluimni.org/services/victims-of-trafficking/


LIMERICK, CLARE & TIPPERARY: GOSHH (Gender, Orientation, Sexual Health, HIV)

About us

GOSHH is a charity which provides a safe, confidential, welcoming environment for everyone we work with. We focus on the promotion of equality and the wellbeing of all. Our services are for anyone who lives or works in Limerick City, Limerick County, County Clare and County Tipperary.

How we can help

GOSHH are committed to providing a service to women, men and trans people working within the sex industry. We also offer our services to people who wish to exit, and victims of trafficking. Our confidential services include:
    • Support, in a non-judgmental environment
    • Sexual health information
    • Contact with the local STI clinic
    • Free counselling
    • Rapid HIV Testing
    • Condoms
    • Referrals to other agencies
    • Access to telephone, computer and printers
    • Quality condoms available at cost price, plus lubrication, latex gloves & glyde dams.

Contact us

Our services can be accessed by phone or email, or by dropping into us.

Address: 18 Davis Street, Limerick

Opening hours: Mondays: 14.15-17.00
Tuesdays – Fridays: 9.30-17.00 (closed for lunch 13.00-14.00)

Contact: 061 314 354
Text Billie on 087 219 2848
Email: support@goshh.ie

Visit: http://goshh.ie/sexworkers/


DUBLIN: The Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI)

About us

The Immigrant Council of Ireland works to secure improved rights and protections which benefit Irish citizens, migrants and their families. ICI is based in Dublin but can be accessed by anyone in Ireland who needs our services.

How we can help

The Immigrant Council of Ireland offers an enhanced legal service to victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation and migrants in prostitution. We can provide clients with:
    • A one-off consultation with a solicitor covering the options open to them under immigration and asylum law in the State
    • Access to our Independent Law Centre for legal assistance with their immigration issues.

Contact us

Contact our Information & Referral Service for general information, to speak confidentially to a solicitor or to arrange a consultation

Contact: 01 6740200 – Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays – 10.00-13.00

Visit: http://immigrantcouncil.ie/pages/services

CORK: The Sexual Violence Centre Cork (SVCC)

About us

The SVCC works towards the elimination of violence in society and provides the highest quality of service provision to victims of sexual violence. Our services are confidential, free of charge, and provided by highly experienced professional staff. We provide services across Cork City and County.

How we can help

The Centre offers counseling and support to women, men and teenagers (over 14) who have experienced child sexual abuse, rape or are victims of sex trafficking. The Centre also provides services to women involved in prostitution. We can offer:
    • Tailored support, including counselling, depending on the needs of the individual
    • Liaison with or referral to other agencies or professionals
    • SVCC is also on call 24 hours a day to the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit.

Contact us

Address: Sexual Violence Centre Cork, 5 Camden Quay, Cork

Contact: 021 4505577 or Freephone: 1800 496 496
Email: info@sexualviolence.ie

Visit: http://www.sexualviolence.ie

Further information for those affected by domestic or sexual violence







^ Back to top

Department of Justice and Equality The Department of Justice - Northern Ireland EU - PROGRESS programme
Supporting women affected by prostitution and trafficking State agency responsible for improving wellbeing and outcomes for children HSE.ie - Ireland's Health Services