Victims of domestic violence who are renting their homes may be able to leave violent relationships without facing financial penalties under their rental agreement. The CBS provides tenancy advice for tenants and agents about all the things related to renting any property.
Everyone has the right to feel safe and live in an environment free from violence. Domestic violence victims are able to stay or leave the property, either way you will need to apply to South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT) and to have the perpetrator removed from the rental agreement.
You can contact this service via email, phone or in person at CBS - 91 Grenfell Street, Adelaide.
The Women's Information Service provides information to South Australian women online, over the phone and in person.
You can talk to the Women's Information Service about family life, relationships, domestic/family violence, sexual assault, safety, health, wellbeing, accommodation, financial security/independence, education, training, career paths and access to women's groups/events. The service aims to increase access to information that promotes choice and empowerment.
The Women's Information Services can also provide Family Court Support where a trained volunteer can accompany you to court and support you through the process. To access this service please read the booklet in the links below and contact The Women's Information Service by phone.
Ground Floor, 101 Grenfell Street, Adelaide
Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm
Women can access free internet on Grenfell Street.
Aldinga Beach Children's Centre
Evans Street, Aldinga Beach
Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 2.30pm
Parafield Gardens Children's Centre
9 Casuarina Drive, Parafield Gardens
Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 2.30pm
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.
Zahra assists South Australian women and children affected by domestic and family violence, by empowering them and providing pathways towards economic independence.
Zahra Foundation offers financial counselling and workshops, aimed at providing post crisis opportunities to further support financial empowerment. Zahra provide some small grants to assist education and break the cycle of domestic violence.
Information about events and opportunities are available via their Facebook page.
Women who have experienced or are experiencing domestic violence including women and children who are homeless due to domestic violence and single homeless women over 18 years of age.
Emergency accommodation for women and children, including Aboriginal women and children experiencing or escaping domestic violence. Specialist children's and indigenous workers available.
Ninko supports Aboriginal families in the South of Adelaide including Onkaparinga, Marion, Holdfast Bay, Mitcham, Burnside City Council and women from rural and remote areas. Providing emergency accommodation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children who are having a hard time at home because of violence.
- Safe supported accommodation.
- Yarning and support through difficult times.
- Links with other services that can support you.
- Support and referrals for financial and legal matters.
- Looking at long-term housing options.
- Helping your children through difficult times.
- Connecting children and adults to education and training.
- Groups for women and children.
Migrant Women's Support Program values the right of all people to live in safety and be treated with respect, and it delivers services that offer a range of culturally sensitive supports. Domestic and/or Family violence is not acceptable in any community or culture. Culture is never an excuse for violence. The bilingual bicultural staff of Migrant Women's Support Program (MWSP) work with migrant women of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds in unsafe relationships. MWSP targets migrant women and children most at risk of violence. This program provides culturally sensitive needs and risk assessments, safety planning, support, information, advocacy, referrals and other relevant services. The program understands and respects the importance of clients’ confidentiality. MWSP works in partnership with domestic violence services and other service providers including professional interpreters, if required. Please contact Migrant Women's Support Program for more information or questions about the program, at the Women’s Safety Services SA.
The Vinnies Women's Crisis Centre is a service of the St Vincent de Paul Society SA, to complement our existing men's shelter and support women with short term, emergency accommodation. This facility offers 20 rooms and is staffed 24/7 to ensure women are supported, safe and offers peace of mind for sound decision making within a calm, child friendly environment.
Staff are trained community workers and compassionate to the emotional and practical needs of women experiencing crisis. The Vinnies Crisis Centre provides meals, serviced rooms, kitchen, laundry, computer facilities, children's play room, manicured gardens. Assistance provided with transport, childminding, pets, clothing and other in-house assistance.
The Vinnies Women's Crisis Centre is unable to accept private bookings, guests must be referred by government and agency channels, which include the [domestic violence help line](https://www.1800respect.org.au/service-support/south-australian-domestic-family-violence-and-sexual-assault-services/) and the South Australian Police.
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.