St Kilda Gatehouse provides spaces of belonging and safety for those involved in street based sex work in St Kilda, and with young women and girls affected by sexual exploitation in the Dandenong region. Many of those we support are tackling complex issues such as addiction, homelessness, mental illness, poverty, domestic violence, abuse and social isolation. St Kilda Gatehouse creates spaces of belonging and connection, providing opportunities for individuals to experience social inclusion with respect and unconditional acceptance. Many of those we support are tackling complex issues such as addiction, homelessness.


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St Kilda Gatehouse is a safe place of belonging, connection, and respect for our community’s most marginalized and disadvantaged women involved in street based sex

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In the Media


The Uncomfortable Truth About Child Sexual Abuse

“This article was first published on Pursuit. Read the original article.”

By Dr Gemma McKibbin, University of Melbourne, and Jessica Laird, Deakin University

Sydney Morning Herald

Next time you see a sex worker on a street corner, ponder this...

Ever pondered the women you see on street corners? Ever wondered about the stories of these daughters, mothers and sisters who do street sex work?

TEDx Talk

She's Someone: Humanising women involved in street based sex work

In late 2014, St Kilda Gatehouse was approached by Tedx St Kilda. They invited Gatehouse staff to share on the Tedx stage stories from women who work on the streets. We thought about it more deeply and decided it didn’t feel right to share the women’s stories on that sort of platform. They were the women’s stories to share. We declined the invitation. The organisers at Tedx St Kilda then suggested we share our own stories. Sally Tonkin, our then CEO, did just that. In late March 2015 she shared how the values of Gatehouse and the women who we have the privilege of working with have shaped her understanding. 

The Age

Street life

Interview with former St Kilda Gatehouse CEO (May 2, 2011)

Sally Tonkin works with the marginalised and she says there’s more to sex workers than how they make a living.