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.
The Australian Dental Health Foundation (ADHF) is a registered Australian charity that facilitates the delivery of dental treatment to disadvantaged members of the community in need of dental care. Volunteer dentists and their support staff donate their time and skills to provide pro bono treatment to patients within their practice. A referral from a domestic violence support agency is required along with associated paperwork.
Who is eligible?
Victims of domestic violence in need of dental care.
- If hurt by an intimate partner or spouse: they must be out of all abusive relationship.
- If hurt by a family member: they must live in a separate home from that person.
- All applicants must meet the liaison officer.
The Foundation’s Rebuilding Smiles® program focuses on the provision of dental services to victims of domestic violence and their families. The Foundation aims to help this sector of the population by coordinating volunteer general dentists and specialists to provide free dental treatment to clients referred by domestic violence support agencies.
Family Violence Law Help is a website by National Legal Aid 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 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.
Safe Pets Safe Families offers a foster care service for the pets of people experiencing domestic violence, homelessness, mental illness or a medical emergency for up to 12 weeks for a small weekly charity contribution fee dependent on the type and size of the animal. This service is supported by a network of volunteer foster carers and volunteers who transport, animals, food and toys to and from foster carer and vets if needed.
This service removes the barriers that people face when they are in these situations and have pets so that they can have their animals cared for while they get the help they need and be reunited with their pets when the appropriate housing is sorted. This service also prevents many animals ending up in the already flooded shelters which is traumatic for the animal and the owner and thus prevents many loved pets being unnecessarily euthanised.
The Limestone Coast Domestic Violence Service (LCDV) 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.
LCDV 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.
Provides support to women and children experiencing or escaping family and domestic violence to ensure their safety.
- Crisis support
- case management and coordination
- Safety planning
- Information and referral to other required services
- Supported accommodation
- Murray Bridge
- Tailem Bend
- Mount Barker
- Mount Pleasant
Offices are located in Murray Bridge and Mount Barker however experienced workers provide outreach services and will travel to any location within the regions as required.
Downloadable attachment is the booklet "A Right to be Heard" which has a comprehensive range of contact details and information developed for this region.