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Ensuring the Safety of Women, Children and Families

The Women's and Children's Health Network has a commitment to zero-tolerance of violence against women, children and families.


If you or someone you know is experiencing physical abuse, sexual assault, financial abuse, emotional abuse or social isolation, help is available.

Women's Legal Service (SA)

The Women’s Health Service at the Women's and Children's Health Network has partnered with Women's Legal Service (SA) to provide free and confidential legal advice and support to women experiencing domestic and family violence. The service is available twice a month from both the Women’s Health Service in Port Adelaide and the Women’s Outpatients Department at WCH.

To find out more or access this service, contact 8231 8929 to arrange an appointment.

Further information

Strangulation – resources for clinicians and victims

Strangulation is an under-reported form of assault and people may not disclose that they have been strangled.

It is a term that is not always widely understood and people may tell their clinician, doctor or nurse instead that they have been choked. When asking about a history of strangulation, it is important to ask about any form of pressure applied to the neck.

Strangulation is commonly seen as an intimate partner assault. An intimate partner is a person with whom you have has a close personal or sexual relationship.

Yarrow Place has developed a pamphlet and Z-Card offering support options for victims of strangulation without consent.

Other sites

There are a range of resources and supports available for women who may be experiencing domestic or family violence.

  • 1800RESPECT
    A confidential information, counselling and support service, open 24 hours to support people impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence and abuse.
    • Daisy App
      Developed by 1800RESPECT, Daisy is a free app that provides information about support services in your local area.
  • Metropolitan Youth Health (MYH)
    Metropolitan Youth Health, within the Women's and Children's Health Network, provides clinical health services to young people in our community aged 12 – 25 with a focus on young people under 18 years.
  • Women's safety – SA Health
    Resources for women's safety
  • Our WATCh
    Information and resources about understanding and preventing violence.
  • Parenting SA – 'Family Violence' Parent Easy Guide
    Parenting SA – 'Safe Families' Aboriginal Parent Easy Guide

    The Parenting Easy Guides can help parents and families understand what family violence is, why and how it can happen in families, and what actions you can take or who you can call to help you or your children if you are experiencing violence in your home.
  • Family Safety Pack
    The Australian Government has developed a Family Safety Pack for men and women coming to Australia. It includes information on Australia's laws regarding domestic and family violence, sexual assault and forced marriage, and a woman's right to be safe.
  • Office of the Guardian for Children and Young People
    Advocates for and promotes the rights and best interests of young people in care. The Guardian provides individual advocacy, systems advocacy and information and resources for professionals.
  • Pickle (also available as an app)
    Pickle can connect you to the closest services for help and advice. It's free, quick and private.
  • ReachOut
    Information for young people, parents/carers and professionals regarding mental health and managing stressful life events. Link provides information about dealing with violence and abuse.
  • Headspace
    Information, resources and services for a wide range of issues and topics facing young people aged 12 – 25.

For more information or support, talk to your health professional.

Related events and campaigns

  • 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence
    The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls. The campaign runs every year from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day.
  • White Ribbon
    The Women 's and Children's Health Network is proud to be accredited as a White Ribbon Workplace. We have zero-tolerance of violence in all its forms, including physical, emotional and sexual. We are dedicated to the vision of the White Ribbon campaign that 'All women live in safety free from all forms of men's violence'.