HerSpace believes in a world where girls and women are free from all forms of exploitation, a world where they can choose their own direction.
HerSpace works with women (16 years old and over) who identify as being affected by exploitation. HerSpace provides specialist mental health services for girls and women to choose their own direction—to live free and empowered lives.
HerSpace programs are a safe place for girls and women affected by exploitation to receive therapeutic mental health services; a space for them to heal and find pathways to recovery; and space to connect and drive social change.
With ongoing therapeutic support, survivors often recover and take positive and meaningful pathways away from exploitation. HerSpace provides a safe space to heal, with support from each other and the guidance of therapeutic professionals.
Our model is trauma-informed and developed specifically for survivors of sexual exploitation, forced labour, slavery, forced marriage and trafficking. It is the first of its kind in Australia. It places girls and women at the centre of their healing as we believe they are the experts on their lives, needs and choices.
Definition of sexual exploitation:
Any situation where a girl or woman is left with limited options or no other choice but to exchange her body for her own physical, economic, social, religious and or political safety and survival. It can also include situations where women initially give consent which then results in them being subjected to non-consensual exploitation.
HerSpace supports our volunteers and staff to embody the organisation’s feminist values through the work they do. This means working in collaboration, encouraging participation and partnership, and analysing and challenging power differences due to structures such as gender, race, sexuality, disability, hierarchy and class.
HerSpace is a values driven organisation, which aims to embody the following core values in all of our work, both at an organisational and individual level:
- We strive to search for new and innovative ways to overcome obstacles and empower action.
- We work collaboratively and participate equally as team members wherever possible.
- We communicate respectfully, clearly and honestly often to avoid misunderstandings and share valuable feedback.