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Information for the community – Updated 28 January 2022
The Women’s and Children’s Health Network acknowledges Aboriginal people as the First Peoples and Traditional Custodians of Country throughout South Australia. We acknowledge and respect their ongoing and deep spiritual connection and relationship to land, air, sea, waters, community and country. We pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.

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Resources and Information for Women

We can help you with your health issues, or if we are not the right service for you we can link you to a service that is better suited to your needs.

Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behaviour used to gain control of a partner, ex-partner or significant other. It is not just violence leading to physical injuries and can include:

  • Threats
  • Emotional, sexual or economic abuse
  • Intimidation
  • Deprivation
  • Social isolation
  • Strangling or ‘choking’.

Domestic and sexual violence is a crime. The violence is not your fault. The violence and abuse may become more frequent and more severe over time. Domestic violence hurts children and pets too.

No-one deserves to be abused and it is not your fault.

Domestic and family violence (DFV) is a common problem and you may need to seek assistance. The Women’s Health Service provides a specialised health care response, specialised assessment services and therapeutic counselling with our Social Work team to address the health impacts of DFV.

If you have been subjected to violence or abuse, you may have had pressure applied around your neck/throat area. If not, you may be at risk of this happening. This kind of violence is very frightening and is a common way to hurt or control another person. It is also very dangerous and is a warning sign for future harm. This form of violence is called strangulation and also sometimes called ‘choking’. Without consent, this form of violence is a crime in South Australia.

View the following document for more information and to seek help:

Other resources to assist with understanding DFV, safety planning, counselling and support