Family Violence and Gambling

Practitioners Guide to Services

Family and domestic violence powerfully and negatively affects people's lives.  When combined with harmful gambling behaviour, the impacts are often even worse.

As practitioners in either area it is important to recognise that your client may be experiencing the impacts of both issues, though one of the issues may remain hidden.

In South Australia, the Office for Women and the Office for Problem Gambling have partnered to draw attention to this harmful combination. You don't have to be an expert in both. The key is to be able to offer a holistic response for families and individuals impacted by harmful gambling and family and domestic violence.

Practitioners need to be aware of the issues, to be able to identify if there is an accompanying gambling or violence issue and to co-work or refer clients to other services.

There are many free and confidential statewide, regional and targeted population services in both sectors that are willing to co-work with clients and take referrals. See below for a comprehensive list of services:

Statewide Gambling Help Services (GHS)

Gambling Help Online

OARS Community Transitions

SA Intensive Gambling Help Service

Statewide Domestic Violence Services



Translating and Interpreting Service

Victim Support Service

Women's Information Service

Women's Legal Services SA

Women's Safety Services SA

Working Women's Centre

Yarrow Place


Metropolitan Gambling Help Services (GHS)

Eastern Adelaide Regional GHS – City

Northern Adelaide Regional GHS – Salisbury, Ridgehaven, Elizabeth

Southern Adelaide Regional GHS – Oaklands Park, Noarlunga, Aldinga

Western Adelaide Regional GHS – Port Adelaide, Hindmarsh

Metropolitan Domestic Violence Services

Catherine House - City

Eastern Adelaide Domestic Violence Service

Northern Domestic Violence Service

Outer North Youth Services - Elizabeth (& surrounding suburbs)

​Shine SA – Woodville, Gilles Plains, Davoren Park, Noarlunga

Southern Adelaide Domestic Violence Service

Western Adelaide Domestic Violence Service

Women's Health Service – Port Adelaide, Elizabeth (outreach), Marion (outreach)

Country Gambling Help Services (GHS)

Adelaide Hills Regional GHS – Mt Barker

Barossa Regional GHS – Gawler, Nuriootpa

Eyre and Western Regional GHS – Whyalla, Port Lincoln

​Far North Regional GHS – Port Augusta

Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island Regional GHS – Victor Harbor, Goolwa, Kingscote

Limestone Coast Regional GHS – Mount Gambier

​Murray Mallee Regional GHS – Berri, Murray Bridge (outreach)

​Yorke and Mid North Regional GHS – Port Pirie, Kadina

Country Domestic Violence Services

Centacare Limestone Coast Domestic Violence Service – Limestone Coast

Coober Pedy Regional Domestic Violence and Aboriginal Family Violence Service

Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island Domestic Violence Service

Murray Mallee, Adelaide Hills & Coorong Domestic Violence Service – Berri, Murray Bridge, Mt Barker

Port Augusta Regional Domestic Violence and Aboriginal Family Violence Service

Port Lincoln Regional Domestic Violence Service

Riverland Domestic Violence Service – Berri (& surrounding areas)

Whyalla Regional Domestic Violence Service

Aboriginal Gambling Help Services (GHS)

Aboriginal Gambling Therapy Service - Contact Ben Riley

Berri/Barmera Aboriginal GHS

Yadu Health Aboriginal GHS

Murray Bridge Aboriginal GHS

Northern and Western Metro Aboriginal GHS - Contact Sue Bertossa (08) 8182 4911

Port Augusta Aboriginal GHS

Port Lincoln Aboriginal GHS

​Southern Metro Aboriginal GHS - Contact Sue Bertossa (08) 8182 4911

Aboriginal Domestic Violence Services

Ceduna Domestic Violence and Aboriginal Family Violence Service

Domestic Violence and Aboriginal Violence Gateway Services

Family Violence Legal Service: Aboriginal Corporation SA Port Lincoln, Port Augusta, Ceduna (& surrounding communities in Spencer Gulf Region and West Coast Region)

KWY – Adelaide, Port Augusta

Ninko Kurtangga PatPangga – Onkaparinga, Marion, Holdfast Bay, Mitcham, Burnside

Nunga Mi:Minar – Northern Adelaide

Yarredi Services Inc – Port Lincoln and surrounds

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Gambling Help Services (GHS)

Cambodian GHS

Chinese GHS

PEACE Multicultural GHS

Vietnamese GHS

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Domestic Violence Services

Migrant Women's Support Service

Gambling Help Services (Offenders)

OARS Community Transitions Gambling Support Service

Domestic Violence Services (Offenders)

​​OARS Community Transitions Domestic Violence Abuse Prevention Program

Immediate help is available now. Contact the Gambling Helpline now for free and confidential support, 24/7

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