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REFERRING SOMEONE TO PINK CROSS

Are you a service provider?

 Example of service providers who may come across people in the adult entertainement industry:

  • law enforcement (State and Federal)
  • homeless shelters and meal providers
  • psychologists, counsellors
  • General Practitioners (GPs), doctors 
  • domestic violence organisations,
  • Pastoral staff at churches
  • drug and alcohol rehabilitation groups
  • other prostitution exit service programs

If you want to refer a client to us, download this referral form

Fill it out and email it to admin |at| pinkcross.org.au with "Referral" in the subject line. We will be in contact with you for more information.

 

For self-referrals, please go here

 

Do you know someone in your personal life that you want to refer?

 

FOLLOW THESE 5 STEPS FIRST

5 steps for being supportive of a person* who may be involved in prostitution 

*The female pronoun is used for brevity. It is inclusive of males/transgender people.

 

1. Befriend her. Talk about the weather, how her week went, did she do anything fun lately. Ask her if she feels safe.  
 
2. Do not ask her direct questions about her private life. Be a supportive friend to her wherever she is at. Let her share her life without promptings.
  
3. If she seems to be sleeping rough or have precarious accomodation, connect her with your local Salvation Army (Australia) on 13 SALVOS (13 72 58).
 
3. If you believe she may be experiencing domestic abuse from a partner, connect her with Safe Steps  on 1800 015 188.
 
4. If she display erratic or unusual behaviour, you may want to ask her gently if there is anything you could do for her. You may want to ask her: 'Have you reached rock bottom?' Make sure you listen before bombarding her with too many questions. You can enrich the dialogue with acknowledging what she says with 'I see'. 'I understand'. 'I feel for you' or 'I hear you'. You do not need to add your opinion on what she describes. Be an empathetic ear. Be there.
 
You may want to ask her if she would like to keep handy a phone number in case she feels down. You can then give her the phone number for BeyondBlue 1300 22 46 36 (suicide prevention Australia). They have an online chat, click their link above to access it. Lifeline 13 11 14 or the suicide Call back service 1300 659 467. Maybe ask her to take out her phone and enter those details onto it, so you know she's got it ready to go.
 
5. In all circumstances, offer her access to the resources you know. She may be offended if you offer a list with one resource implying prostitution exit support. When you have built trust, you may want to give her the writing list which includes the Pink Cross email/number. If you have her mobile number, you can text those resources to her. Always ask if it is safe to text or email information to her.
 

If, after this, the person is willing to meet up with a Pink Cross staff member who understands, please conact admin |at| pinkcross.org.au with "Referring a friend" in the subject line. We will contact you for more information on how to best engage with her.

 

OUR REFERRALS

Who we refer to:

We refer clients to services who can help them with specific needs. These include: 

 

  • Drug and alcohol rehabilitation services
  • Counselling and psychological support
  • Residential homes
  • Financial help
  • Meal services

 

We refer to the following specific organisations because we value their work:

Alabaster Community: Run by Sharon Beel, Alabaster's mission is "To provide a safe, residential environment within which women who wish to leave the sex industry can live, heal, grow and achieve their goal of living free of sex work, addiction and brokenness. To assist the women to gain healing from brokenness through loving community, counselling, therapy groups, life skills training and support to avoid old habits." We have referred women there who we believe would benefit from the residential program. 

 

CAP (Christians Against Poverty): Our CEO, Genevieve, was greatly assisted by CAP when she exited prostitution. CAP's helps anyone with unsecured debt "irrespective of race, religious persuasion or social standing, providing they live within 30 minutes of a CAP Centre".