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National operation of intervention orders
New laws have been introduced across Australia so that all intervention orders (which are domestic violence-related) made on or after this date will be nationally recognised and enforceable. This means, wherever your order is issued, it will apply in all states and territories so that you are protected wherever you may be in Australia.

If you have an intervention order (which is domestic violence-related) issued before 25 November 2017, and you would like it to operate nationally, you can apply to any court to have your order declared. You can read about this process on the South Australia Courts website

To read more about the national domestic violence order scheme and how it can help keep you safer, go to or download the brochure

If English is not your spoken language you will find information in a number of other languages at on

South Australia Police supports victims of domestic violence and attends domestic violence situations.

We give the highest priority to the protection and ongoing safety of victims and their children.

Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behaviour by one person against another:

  • in a couple relationship such as marriage or dating
  • within a family across generations.

It occurs in all social, age and cultural groups.

Domestic violence includes:

  • physical violence
  • sexual violence
  • emotional abuse
  • verbal abuse
  • property damage
  • financial abuse
  • threats to harm
  • stalking.

Domestic violence is damaging to victims, their children, family and friends.

Where possible we try to hold the person responsible for the violence accountable for their actions.

Find out more about domestic violence on the 1800RESPECT website.

Help and support at domestic violence situations

Police assistance

Call Triple Zero (000) if the situation is an emergency.

Call 131 444 for non-urgent police assistance.

Find your local police station

Seek advice about your options

If you live in the metropolitan area contact the Family Violence Investigation Section in your District:

  • Eastern, phone 7322 4890
  • Northern, phone 8207 9381
  • Western, phone 8207 6413
  • Southern, phone 8392 9172.

To quickly find which District your suburb is in, use the search facility below.

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Enter suburb, town or postcode and click search below:

If you live in the country contact the Family Violence Investigation Section at your local police station.

Find your local police station

If you have already lodged a Police Incident Report (PIR) you can check the status of your report via the Track My Crime link.

Counselling and emergency accommodation

Domestic Violence and Aboriginal Family Violence Gateway on 1800 800 098.

National Sexual Assault Family and Domestic Violence Counselling Service on 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732).