We are Herzwerk (Heart-Work), a diaconal initiative for people in prostitution


Do you have an emergency or are in danger and need immediate support or advice? If you are unable to reach one of our staff, you can find help here:

24-hour victim emergency hotline: counseling when experiencing violence
0800 112 112

24-hour women's emergency hotline: counseling when experiencing violence against girls and women
01 71 71 9

Crisis intervention center: help in acute crises, acute traumatization or suicidal thoughts
01 406 95 95

European emergency call: reach police, fire department and rescue services throughout Europe
112


Thousands of women, and men as well, work in prostitution in Vienna. They earn their money on the street or in one of over 300 establishments. In many instances, phenomena such as exploitive working conditions, coercion and human trafficking cannot be ruled out. The people affected come from Eastern Europe, China, Nigeria, as well as, other parts of the world. Heart Works’ team visits these women and men at their place of work and offers individual, holistic advice and support.

Heart Works offer support in crisis situations, or when a person wishes to leave prostitution, and walks beside them as they move toward a new life.

Heart Works’ mandate is rooted in the Christian view of the individual:  Every individual – regardless of His/her background, occupation, sexual orientation or religion – is loved and valued by God and maintains inviolable human dignity.


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