Red Umbrella‍

Red Umbrella‍

Women and Children

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Introduction to Service

The Red Umbrella project supports people involved in sex work, selling sex and/or experiencing sexual exploitation to combat instances of violence and crimes against them and bring perpetrators to justice.

Merseyside is the only police force in the world to treat violence against sex workers as a hate crime. With our dedicated, full-time police detective, we work in partnership to meet the needs of this group. We aim to reduce violence via education of the general public, with a focus on young people and offenders, to highlight the particular nature of this hate crime.

Key Information

We offer:

  • Intensive one-to-one trauma-informed support
  • Outreach and drop-ins across Merseyside
  • Specialist ISVA support
  • Referrals and support to sexual health, drug & alcohol services, housing providers, safeguarding etc
  • In-reach

How to access

You can access our service via professional referral or self-referral by contacting the team, or attending one of our drop-in sessions. See below for contact information.

Are you eligible?

We support people aged 18 and over across Merseyside who are involved in sex work, selling sex or sexual exploitation.


Rachel Fowler, Service Manager

Tel: 07885 458978

Karen Burns, ISVA

Tel: 07593 578007


Sarah Mcintyre, Outreach Link Worker

Tel: 07936 948108

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