The Dorset Working Women's Project (DWWP) has been running since 1998 and is an HIV prevention and sexual health project working with women who sell sex, particularly those who also misuse drugs and/or alcohol. The project aims to help support people working in the sex industry and provides a range of support including:
Due to COVID-19 our service is operating slightly differently. Women cannot access the outreach van (i.e. get on it) at present and drop in has been suspended for the time being.
DWWP runs an assertive outreach 2 times per week on our specially equipped van to engage and see on-street workers as well as doing selective home visits for those workers who have requested support.
On outreach we provide food, harm minimisation supplies, support with incident reporting, general advice and signposting. We also hand out essential items such as toiletries, hats, gloves, socks, umbrellas and hot drinks.
During outreach we can speak to sex workers about the latest information on any risky dodgy punters. We can also take reports on any violent incidents for the National Ugly Mug Scheme. We also signpost sex workers to our drop in as a result of seeing them on outreach sessions.
We support those who work off-street including at home, in flats and other venues. Our specialist off-street workers can arrange regular visits for anybody wishing to receive support from DWWP. This includes harm minimisation, advice on online safety, advice and support on reporting, access to National Ugly Mugs, sexual health screening and supplies.
DWWP is for all women who work, or have ever worked, in any area of the sex industry, and provides information, advice and support on all work related issues.