Depending on individual circumstances, a person may be eligible for Centrelink income support payment/s, such as Newstart Allowance or Parenting Payment and Rent Assistance. A victim of domestic violence may also be eligible for a once-off Crisis Payment. For more information, see the Department of Human Services/Centrelink website, or seeCentrelink - Special Provisions for People Experiencing Family Violence.
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 SA Government Community Housing Providers website.
A person who is on a spouse visa, and separates from their spouse on account of family violence, will need to obtain immigration advice. There are provisions to allow such people to continue with an application for a permanent visa even though they may have separated from their spouse who sponsored them. For more information see the Department of Social Services Family Safety Pack and Family Violence and Partner Visas Factsheet(both available in multiple languages).
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 Communities, 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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