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.
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.
Safer in the Home is a program designed to expand the availability and reach of basic safety and security measures that support women and accompanying children experiencing family violence to remain safely in their homes. This early intervention and crisis prevention program includes risk assessments, safety planning and basic security upgrades for women and children who are assessed to be at low risk of further incidents of family violence.
There is no cost to the referring program or to the client whose home receives a basic security upgrade. This includes people who do not own their own home, whether renting, in government supplied housing or other forms of housing. There may need to be some liaison with the property owner around installation of security doors and locks. This service will be made available as widely as possible to women who fit the program criteria including those in remote areas.
This program provides:
- Provide expert advice, as required, to referring Salvation Army service providers on women’s risk and safety related to family violence
- Assess the safety and suitability of women referred to the program, ensuring they meet the criteria and we can provide them the best possible response
- Organise a security assessment and basic upgrade, as required, of the woman’s home through Protective Group
- Monitor the effectiveness of the security upgrade through maintaining periodic contact with the woman’s TSA case manager.
- Provide basic training to TSA service provider staff around the Safer in the Home program and women’s risk and safety from a family violence perspective.
- Provide secondary consultation to TSA service providers who have referred women to the program, particularly when the referral does not fit the program criteria.
Security upgrades will be tailored to the requirements of individual women and informed by an on-site risk and security assessment by a Protective Group accredited contractor. The funding agreement limits the scope of the program to those items which are suitable for early intervention with women and children considered to be at the lower end of the family violence risk scale. Upgrades could consist of any combination of the following:
- Security screens and doors
- New locks
- Sensor lights
- Improving external visibility through trimming trees, bushes etc.
- Scanning mobile phones for potential security breaches.
Referral criteria for Safer in the Home
- Women and their children who are experiencing low risk family violence who want to remain living in their home and
- Are receiving or will be receiving, ongoing case management support from a The Salvation Army service provider.
How is Safer in the Home different from Safe at Home?
Currently delivered in all states and territories (except NT), Safe at Home has been a well-received, practical response utilised by specialist family violence providers as part of a suite of service responses that improve the safety of women and children who have experienced violence. Safe at Home targets women with higher risk of family violence and includes a broader suite of security interventions to keep those women and their children safe. This program -Safer in the Home -will fill a service gap, targeting women and children considered to be at the lower end of the family violence risk scale and is an early intervention, crisis prevention program.
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.