Self-defense classes, support for survivors of crime and domestic violence, tips for screening customers, and a free car service for women!

Center for Anti-Violence Education
Self-defense and martial arts classes for women and transpeople. Free for survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, and child abuse. Free childcare for all.

Female Self-Awareness
A one-time, two-hour self-defense class for women.
151 West 26th street, New York, NY, 646-717-0017

Anti-Violence Project
Free and confidential support to victims of bias violence, sexual assault, domestic violence, pick-up crimes, police misconduct, and HIV-related violence, including short-term and long-term individual counseling as well advocacy and referrals.
240 W.35th St., suite 200, New York, NY 10001, 212-714-1141

Right Rides
Free, safe, late-night rides home for women and LGBTQ individuals. (You may have to wait up to an hour for a ride.)
Dispatch number: (888) 215-SAFE (7233)

Screening 101
Tips for screening customers if you meet them outside the club.

There are organizations all over the city that provide support and advocacy for survivors of violence. Click on your borough to find one near you.



Battered Women’s Resource Center – Voices of Women Organizing Project

Korean American Family Service Center

NY Asian Women’s Center

New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault

NYC Domestic Violence Hotline

800-621-HOPE (4673)

NYC Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project

NYPD Special Victims Liaison Unit Report Line
212-267-RAPE (7273)

Safe Horizon (NYC) – Domestic Violence Project
800-621-HOPE (4673)

SAKHI for South Asian Women – Anti Domestic Violence Program


Urban Justice Center Family Violence Project
(718) 875-5062

Violence Intervention Program


Bellevue Hospital Center Rape Crisis Program
212-562-3435 x3755

Beth Israel Medical Center Rape Crisis & Domestic Violence Intervention Program

Harlem Hospital Ctr for Victim Support

Manhattan DA – Sex Crimes Unit (adult)

Mt Sinai Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Program


NY Presbyterian Hospital Domestic & Other Violent Emergencies (DOVE) Program

St Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Crime Victims Treatment Center

St Vincent’s Hospital Rape Crisis Program


Bklyn DA Sex Crimes/Special Victims Bureau

Bklyn Hospital Center Safety-Net Domestic Violence Program

Safe Homes Project


Bronx Special Victims Bureau

Fordham-Tremont Comm Mental Health Center – Family Crisis Services
718-960-0373 x0395

North Central Bronx Hospital Sexual Assault Treatment Program
718-519-4912 x3100


Elmhurst Hospital Center (Mt Sinai Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Program)

Queens Rape Counseling Center

Queens Women’s Center
718-793-0672, 718-352-7225

Queens Special Victims Bureau

Staten Island

St Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center

Staten Island Special Victims Bureau


Free STI testing and support, non-judgmental medical and mental health providers, and support for drug and alcohol use.

Persist Health Project
Health and wellness services and care coordination run by and for people in the sex trade, including dancers. Call or email to be linked with a provider that works for you.

Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
Health clinic providing non-judgmental, free/low cost medical and mental health services.
356 W. 18th St., New York, NY 10011, 212-271-7200

Citiwide Harm Reduction
Free STI counseling and support services.
226 East 144th St.
Bronx, NY  10451
(718) 292-7718, Free: (877)  513-5258

The Foundation for Research on Sexually Transmitted Diseases (FROST’D)/Harlem United
Free STI testing and support services.
Harlem, South Bronx and Brooklyn

Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center
Free STI testing and support services.
25 Allen St., New York, NY, 212-226-6333

Positive Health Project
Health and support services for people who are HIV-positive or at risk of being HIV-positive.
301 West 37th Street, New York, NY, 212-465-8304

Washington Heights Corner Project
Free STI testing and support services.
76 Wadworth Ave, Ground Fl., New York, NY, 212-923-7600

NY Harm Prevention Educators
Free STI testing and support services.
953 Southern Blvd, Suite 302, Bronx, NY, 718-842-6050
1991A Lexington Ave, New York, NY, 212-828-8464

Streetwork Project, click “Homeless Youth.”
Free services for young people up to age 24, including crisis housing, meals, medical services, counseling, and legal assistance.
209 W. 125th St., 2nd Fl. New York, NY (Harlem), 212-695-2220
33 Essex St. (storefront) New York, NY (Lower East Side), 646-602-6404

Dr. Miro Gudelsky
Therapist specializing in helping people who work or have worked in the sex industry.

A random list of affordable stores, salons, and fitness centers we like! Where do you shop for dancer stuff? Send us your suggestions and we’ll add them here!

A listserv that sends out amazing daily deals at salons and spas. Up to 70 percent off massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, and haircuts.

Satori Laser Hair Removal
A midtown spa that offers heavily discounted laser hair removal.
481 8th Ave, Suite 1202, New York, NY 10001, 212-268-7799

Astor Place Hair
High quality, low priced haircuts and blowouts.
2 Astor Place, New York, NY 10003, 212-475-9854

Starlight Shoes
Affordable shoes and dresses/gowns
15921 Jamaica Ave, Jamaica, NY 11432, 718-558-5700

Joyce Leslie
Affordable outfits and shoes. Locations all over the city.

Diva Boutique
Affordable dresses and gowns.
3077 Steinway St., Astoria, NY 11103, 718-204-8089
72-06 Austin St., Forest Hills, 718-544-8089
Affordable quality work outfits.

YMCA of New York City
Affordable fitness centers with tons of classes, free childcare, and locations all over the city.


Do you have questions about what to do if you get arrested, or how to file a lawsuit against your club? Do you need immigration assistance? These organizations provide free legal assistance and advocacy.

Sex Workers Project, Urban Justice Center
Free legal assistance to dancers, sex workers, and survivors of sex trafficking. Focus on criminal justice and immigration.
123 Williams Street, 16th Floor, New York, NY  10038, 646-602-5617,

Outten & Golden
A law firm providing legal services for dancers in protecting employment rights. Free consultation.

Peter Cicchino Youth Project, Urban Justice Center
Free legal assistance and advocacy to LGBTQ youth on a variety of issues, including immigration.
123 Williams Street, 16th Floor, New York, NY  10038, 646-602-5635, 646-602-5631, Toll-free: 1-877-LGBT-LAW

Safe Horizon
Free immigration and family legal matters assistance to survivors of domestic violence and crime victims.
50 Court St., 8th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718-943-8631, 718-943-8653

The Door
The Door provides free immigration and legal services to young individuals ages 12-21.
121 Avenue of the Americas, 3rd Floor, New York, NY  10013, 212-941-9090 X 3280

Community Service Society (CSS)
Free assistance to individuals with criminal records through legal services and advocacy.
105 E. 22nd Street, New York, 10010

Legal Action Center
Free assistance to individuals with criminal records through legal services and advocacy.
225 Varick Street
New York, NY 10014, 212-243-1313, Toll free 1-800-223-4044,

SAS (Streetwise and Safe)
A youth of color-lead project dedicated to disseminating “know your rights” information. Participation and services are free.
147 W 24th St. 4th Fl. New York, NY 10001, 212-929-0562

Immigrant Defense Project
Free legal services related to immigration issues.
28 West 39th Street, Suite 501, New York, NY 10018, 212-725-6422,

Immigration Equality
Free legal services for LGBTQ individuals related to immigration issues.
40 Exchange Place, Suite 1705, New York, NY 10005, 212-714-2904

In case of Arrest


Dancer-friendly tax preparers, dollar-stretching resources, and information on taking advantage of public benefits.

Tax Domme
Tax preparer specializing in the adult entertainment industry.

Rus Garofalo, Brass Taxes
Low-cost tax preparer specializing in freelancers and artists.

Daniel D. Morris, CPA, Morris & D’Angelo
Dancer-friendly accountant and tax preparer.

The Dollar-Stretcher
Tips for making your money go further.

Women’s Institute for Financial Education (WIFE)
Information for women in their quest for financial independence.

Access NYC
Find out if you qualify for public benefits such as Medicaid, food stamps, and help with utility bills, and how to apply.

Immigrant Myths Revised
Information about public benefits for immigrants.

Connect with other dancers, online, in print, and in New York City!

Stripper Web Exotic Dancer Community
Online community forum for dancers all over the world.

Exotic Dancer Net
Another online community forum for dancers and sex workers.

Monthly meetings, peer support, court support, mutual aid, referrals, and activism for sex workers, including dancers.
, Facebook, Voicemail: 347-748-9163

24/7 Sex Worker National Hotline

The Red Umbrella Project
Monthly storytelling series, and media and advocacy training workshops for sex workers, including dancers.


Tits & Sass
Group blog written by dancers and other sex workers.

The Stripper Army Zine
PDF zine by and for dancers.

License to Pimp Blog
Blog by a former dancer, focusing on labor rights and conditions in strip clubs.

Free Stripper Tips
Tips to help you maximize your earning potential.

Civil Undressed
Musings of an NYC dancing girl.

Mounting and Counting
Another NYC dancer.

Essence Revealed
Blog by a burlesque dancer and former “lapdance engineer of the upscale gentlemen’s club scene.”

Sassy Lapdancer
Blog by a stripper in London, UK.

Funny stripper blog


Susan Elizabth
Susan Elizabeth


Strip City: A Stripper’s Farewell Journey Across America
By Lily Burana

Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper
By Diablo Cody

The Last of the Live Nude Girls: A Memoir
By Sheila McClear

Academic Books

Unequal Desires: Race and Erotic Capital in the Stripping Industry (2010)
Siobhan Brooks

G-Strings and Sympathy: Strip Club Regulars and Male Desire (2002)
Katherine Frank

Transnational Desires: Brazilian Erotic Dancers in New York
Suzana Maia


Live Nude Girls Unite (2000)
By Vicky Funari and Julia Query
A documentary about unionizing the Lusty Lady peepshow in San Francisco

Every Ho I Know Says So: Advice on How to be a Good Partner/Lover to Sex Workers