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Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Support

Greater financial support for women experiencing domestic and family violence

The Federal Government has increased funding for a no-interest loan scheme to provide expanded access for women experiencing domestic and family violence.

The aim of the 'Good Shepherd Microfinance No-Interest Loan Scheme' is to regain financial control and long-term financial independence. The scheme will help women experiencing family and domestic violence to access finance to assist with relocation, essential household items, rental bonds, or debt consolidation.

The scheme also provides access to a loan caseworker, and is a safe and affordable   alternative to high-cost finance options which often compound women’s financial distress.

For further information, please see the Good Shepherd Microfinance website.


Preventing violence against women and their children. What can you do?

Violence against women is serious and prevalent. Violence against women and their children is hurting our families and communities. It is important to recognise the majority of men are not abusive in their relationships and they have the potential to make a difference in helping to stop domestic violence and sexual assault. The intervention of the wider community is one of the keys to stopping violence against women.

There are a number of services available to women who are experiencing or have experienced abuse. These services support women in multiple ways covering a wide variety of support areas.

Please note: Light Regional Council does not provide direct Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault support services. Please see the below links for further information and support.


24 Hour services - In an emergency call 000

The following services are available 24 hours a day and are free call numbers:

1800RESPECT 1800 737 732 - is a national 24 hour online and telephone service offering counselling and support to anyone experiencing domestic and family violence and/or sexual assault and their family and friends.

Domestic Violence & Aboriginal Family Violence Gateway Service 1800 800 098 is a statewide 24 hour service offering assistance to women experiencing domestic violence in South Australia by providing information, counselling and safe accommodation options.

Yarrow Place Rape and Sexual Assault Service 1800 817 421 is an inclusive service for anyone in South Australia who has been sexually assaulted including medical and counselling services.

Weekday services

The following services are available 9am to 5pm weekdays:

Victim Support Service - Victim Helpline 1800 842 846 provides free and confidential help to adult victims of crime, witnesses, their family, and friends across South Australia.

Women's Information Service 1800 188 158 - provides information and referral services to women in South Australia www.wis.sa.gov.au


Online Resources

1800RESPECT is the National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling service for people living in Australia, providing telephone and online crisis and trauma counselling services 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Includes resources for people who want to help a family member or friend. http://1800respect.org.au/

Respect.gov.au is a national campaign jointly funded by the Australian, state and territory governments. It aims to help parents, family members, teachers, coaches, employers and other role models to look at their own attitudes, and start a conversation about respect with the young people in their lives. https://www.respect.gov.au/

Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS) delivers relevant research on domestic, family and sexual violence in Australia. http://anrows.org.au/

Our Watch has been established to drive nationwide change in the culture, behaviours and power imbalances that lead to violence against women and their children. There are a number of resources and tips available at  http://www.ourwatch.org.au/Preventing-Violence

The Line is a primary prevention behaviour change campaign for young people aged 12 to 20 years. The Line encourages healthy and respectful relationships by challenging and changing attitudes and behaviours that support violence. http://www.theline.org.au/

SA Office for Women www.officeforwomen.sa.gov.au

White Ribbon http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/

Rise above the pack http://riseabovethepack.com.au/

XYonline http://www.xyonline.net

L ocal Community Organisations and Service clubs offering opportunities in Light Regional Council:

Soroptimist International http://www.sisa.org.au/

Zonta International http://www.zonta.org.au/Zonta_in_Australia   

Rotary club http://www.rotarydownunder.com.au/

Lions Club http://lionsclubs.org.au/contact/sa/


Light Regional Council
PO Box 72
Kapunda SA 5373
Tel: (08) 8525 3200