Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for a Centrelink income support payment/s, such as Newstart Allowance or Parenting Payment and Rent Assistance. You may also be eligible for a once-off Crisis Payment. For more information, see the Department of Human Services/Centrelink website .
Further financial assistance may be obtained through the Department for Child Protection and/or agencies such as UnitingCommunities, the Salvation Army, Centacare or St Vincent de Paul Society. It is best to check with these organisations to determine the most appropriate assistance. A comprehensive directory of South Australian community organisations is available online at SA Community.
There are a number of community housing associations which may be able to offer housing. Those who have experienced family violence are eligible to apply for housing from the Women's Community Housing Association Inc. For a list of all South Australian community housing associations see the following page at sa.gov.au .
Counselling or family therapy
Most Women's Health Centres and Community Health Centres provide opportunities for women to have individual counselling or to speak to women in similar circumstances. Counsellors are also available through Centacare, Anglicare, Uniting Care Wesley, Relationships Australia and other counselling services. There are also some domestic violence groups for men that specialise in counselling men who recognise that they are perpetrators of abuse and who wish to take some positive steps to change the situation.
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