Family Advocacy and Support Service

The Family Advocacy and Support Service (FASS) provides duty lawyer and social support services to people with family law matters who have been affected by family violence. The Legal Services Commission of SA also has duty lawyers at the Family Law Courts able to assist in matters where the person is not affected by family violence.

Duty lawyers can:

- Provide family law advice about your Court hearing and/or legal problem

- Help with adjournments – generally limited to adjournments of the first court appearance

- Help with Legal Aid applications

- Provide referrals to private practitioners and other services

Duty lawyers cannot:

- Prepare complex court documents, e.g. applications/responses and affidavits

- Represent you for interim hearings, contravention applications and final hearings (trials)

- Provide specific legal advice or representation in Court if there is a conflict of interest (for example, if the other party or a child is represented, or has previously been represented, by a Legal Services Commission lawyer). In such cases the duty lawyer will provide general information only.

- Provide specific legal advice regarding property settlements (only general information and advice)

- Assist with Youth Court (care and protection) matters

A Social Worker, located at the Family Law Courts, can help you engage with the family law processes safely and help you with safety planning.

The social worker can connect with all the relevant services that you need, such as accommodation, financial counselling, and other social support.

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Family Violence Law Help

Family Violence Law Help is an information based website for people affected by domestic violence, to help you learn more about domestic violence and the law in Australia.

This service offers free and easy to understand information on domestic violence, family advocacy, family law, child protection law, intervention orders and where to get help.

The website can be translated into different languages and has useful fact sheets and illustrations to help with readability.

The links below will provide information for South Australian based services.

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Financial Independence Hub

The Financial Independence Hub is a free, confidential, on-going support for people who have experienced financial abuse. It’s available to you regardless of who you bank with. You do not need to provide evidence or tell your story to access the service.

The Financial Independence Hub (FIH) supports people of all gender identities who:

- have experienced ANY kind of financial abuse 

- are not in crisis right now

- are ready to consider your financial future

- are over 18 years old and live in Australia

You do not have to be a permanent resident or have a visa. They can organise an interpreter if you need one.

Your FIH coach will support you as long as you need it. Some people just need to talk things through a bit. Some people need more support. Your FIH coach will listen to you and help you sort out how to move forward. They can also refer you to other services, attend appointments with you, help you work out a budget or negotiate debt. YOU decide how they can support you.

Being supported by an FIH coach may help you:

- feel more confident about dealing with money and making decisions

- be more in control of your finances

- find it easier to manage things independently

The FIH phone line is open from Monday - Friday 5:30am - 5:30pm ACST.

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Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island Domestic Violence Service

Junction Australia offers domestic violence support to women, children and young people who are living with or escaping domestic and family violence.

This service provides women and children with counselling, developing safety plans and support and finding a safe place to live. This service is only available to people that live on Kangaroo Island or Fleurieu region.

Please call 08 8555 3277 for more information.

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Free 12 Month Mail Redirection for Special Circumstances

If you are a victim of domestic violence, natural disaster or in charge of a deceased estate, you may be eligible for a free mail direction service.

How to apply:

You can apply in person at any Australia Post location. You will need to complete the application to redirect your mail, provide proof of identity and any additional requirements. Further information can be found on the Australia Post website.

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InDIGO Program

InDIGO program is a free and confidential legal service that assists victims of family/domestic violence in the southern suburbs of Adelaide.

InDIGO can provide advice and assistance with: family law, child protection, tenancy, debt, immigration and intervention orders.

To be eligible for the service you must have experienced or are experiencing family/domestic violence and live and/or work in the council areas of City of Onkaparinga, Marion Council, Victor Harbor or Kangaroo Island.

To access INDIGO's free legal support contact their office - click on the number below

The InDIGO program is an initiative of the Women's Legal Service (SA).

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Limestone Coast Domestic Violence Service (LCDVS)

The Limestone Coast Domestic Violence Service (LCDVS) supports women and children in the South-East who are experiencing domestic violence, are homeless or at risk of homelessness due to violence are eligible for this service.

LCDVS provides support accommodation in one, two and three bedroom units and houses, with services available across the Limestone Coast region. In addition LCDV provides outreach support for women, individual case management, professional counselling, information and referral for housing options, medical, legal, income and advocacy.

For a confidential assessment please call 8723 1385 or 1800 631 385.

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Men's Referral Service 1300 766 491

The Men's Referral Service offers men's family violence telephone counselling, information and referral support between 8am - 9pm Monday to Friday and 9am - 6pm Saturday and Sunday.

There is a live chat option available Monday to Friday 8am - 9pm and 10am - 3pm on weekends and public holidays.

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MensLine Australia

MensLine Australia is the national telephone and online support, information and referral service for men with family and relationship concerns. Professional counsellors are experts in men's health, anger management, family violence, substance abuse, healthy relationships and integrated wellbeing.

This is a free service available to all male members of the public and can be accessed 24/7 from anywhere in Australia.

MensLine can be contacted on 1300 78 99 78 or using their online chat service.

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