Vinnies Women's Crisis Centre

The Vinnies Women's Crisis Centre is a new service of the St Vincent de Paul Society SA, to complement our existing men's shelter and support women with short term, emergency accommodation.

Peacefully located in suburban Adelaide, the centre is a 20 room facility and is staffed 24 hours, every day of the year. The Vinnies Women's Crisis Centre is a unique model in crisis intervention. An innovative accommodation/services combination, it will ensure women have support, safety and peace of mind for sound decision making within a calm, child friendly environment.

Guests must be referred by government and agency channels, which include the domestic violence help line and the South Australian Police. The Vinnies Women's Crisis Centre is unable to accept private bookings.

Who can access this service?

The Vinnies Women's Crisis Centre will accept referrals through existing government and crisis agencies. Women and their children are welcome and pets are supported.

What is provided at the Vinnies Women's Crisis Centre?

Staff are trained community workers and compassionate to the emotional and practical needs of women experiencing crisis. The Vinnies Crisis Centre will provide all meals and serviced rooms, together with a kitchen, laundry and computer facilities for guest's use. A children's play room and manicured gardens complete the tranquil setting. Assistance with transport, childminding and other practical services will be provided, together with in-house access to St Vincent de Paul Society services, including clothing and other assistance.

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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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