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.
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.
Supports women and children who are experiencing domestic violence. The Service provides short-term accommodation, confidential and professional counselling, and information and referrals for options in housing, medical, legal, income and advocacy.
Providing outreach support for women who do not require accommodation but are still experiencing domestic violence.
The service is located in Berri.
The service is a DCSI accredited Specialist Homelessness Service and Preferred Support Provider for a range of specialised programs to assist women and their children who have or are experiencing domestic or Aboriginal family violence. These programs include:
- Crisis Housing Program
- Transitional Housing Program
There is no fee for service, however, payment of rent is required for the housing programs
Referrals are accepted from:
- Community-based organisations
- Other specialist homelessness services
The service operates 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday (except public holidays)
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.
A national website for people wanting to understand domestic and family violence, the law and where to get help.
It can be used by people affected by domestic and family violence, educators and frontline workers.
Family Violence Law Help has free, easy to understand information about:
domestic and family violence
child protection law
Intervention Orders, and
where to get help.
The website can be translated into different languages and has useful factsheets that can be downloaded or printed. It uses illustrations throughout to help with readability.
It also has information about the South Australia Family Advocacy and Support Service (FASS), who provide free legal and social support to people affected by domestic and family violence.
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.