Seniors' health

Domestic violence and abuse

Abuse affects people from all walks of life. Abuse can be physical, emotional, verbal, social, sexual, neglect or financial exploitation.

Urgent situations

If you have a life-threatening or urgent situation, phone triple zero (000) and ask for police.

For non-urgent police attendance phone 131 444.

Domestic violence victims

Support and information:

  • Call the Domestic Violence & Aboriginal Family Violence Gateway Service on 1800 800 098 (after hours diverts to Homelessness Gateway Service), which provides crisis counselling, support and referral to safe accommodation.
  • 1800Respect - phone 1800 737 732 for Australia's national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service.
  • Women's Information Service of South Australia - phone 8303 0590 or 1800 188 158.

Sexual assault or rape

Yarrow Place - phone 8226 8777 or toll free 1800 817 421, after hours 8226 8787 for services for rape and sexual assault victims.

Mental health support

Beyond Blue provides information and help for a range of mental health issues. For a one-on-one confidential chat with a trained mental health professional call 1300 22 4636.

Elder abuse victims

Elder abuse is carried out by a person in a trusted relationship, which causes distress or harm to an older person, or loss or damage to property or assets. It is more likely to be carried out by a relative, friend, neighbour, or carer.

Support and information:

Abuse in aged care homes

If you are concerned about the abuse of someone who lives in an aged care home phone the Complaints Investigation Scheme on 1800 550 552. All calls are confidential and you can remain anonymous.

Emergency housing

If you need emergency housing see our page on accessing services in emergency or crisis situations.

Legal advice for victims

JusticeNet SA offers help to people who are financially disadvantaged. In some cases, they may be able to refer you to a solicitor who can represent you for free. Phone 8303 5005 or email

For women seeking legal advice or information phone the Women's Legal Service on 8221 5553.

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