If you are a survivor of abuse that happened in a church setting, whether it happened yesterday or many years ago, in the Diocese of Adelaide or elsewhere, and you would like to talk to someone about what happened to you, please get in touch with us.

The Anglican Diocese of Adelaide has adopted legislation and procedures for responding to abuse by church workers (clergy, laypeople, volunteers and employees).

Abuse is never the fault of the child or vulnerable person who was abused. Church workers must care for, protect, and respect everyone they have a pastoral or supervisory relationship with, or have personal contact with. Church workers are never to take advantage of their vocation or position. Abuse by a church worker is a betrayal of power and trust.

Help is available

You can talk to the Professional Standards Director

T    08 8366 6589
M   0412 256 244
E    psdirector@adam.com.au

The Professional Standards Director is responsible for ensuring that all complaints are responded to quickly by the Diocese of Adelaide.

If a child has been abused or is at risk of any form of abuse, contact the Child Abuse Report Line on 131 478

Alternative Contacts

These services are staffed by professionally qualified and experienced counsellors. They are not employees of the Church

1800 Respect
T    1800 737 732
W   1800respect.org.au
24/7 telephone and online crisis counselling, information and referral for anyone in Australia who has experienced or been impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence. Staffed by trauma specialist counsellors.

Adults Surviving Child Abuse
T    1300 657 380
W   asca.org.au
National professional phone counselling, information and support for adult survivors of child abuse with referral database of experienced professionals and agencies. Provides workshops for survivors, family members, partners and friends.

T    1800 272 831
W   bravehearts.org.au
Specialist case management, counselling and telephone counselling for child and adult survivors, non-offending family members and friends.  Services include counselling, support engaging with the Royal Commission, preparation of written statements, attending private sessions and public hearings.

Child Wise
T    1800 991 099
W   childwise.org.au
Trauma-informed telephone and online counselling for childhood abuse. Training and organisational capacity building on child abuse prevention.

Elm Place
P    08 8223 4566
W   elmplace.org.au
Elm Place is the home of support services to people whose lives have been affected by institutional and out-of-home care as children specifically, Forgotten Australians, Former Child Migrants, the Stolen Generations and people affected by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

W   isurvive.org
We offer support and resources at isurvive. Within our support forums, you will find both open and private areas where you can seek support. As a member, the private forums offer security in the knowledge that public access is restricted. It is sad that so many need a place like isurvive.org but we aim to foster and maintain an environment that proves to be safe, supportive and informative.

In Good Faith Foundation
T    03 9326 5991
W   igff.com.au
Provides independent advocacy, casework, referral and support to aid recovery for victims, their families and communities responding to clergy, religious and lay abuse.

T    131 114
W   lifeline.org.au
24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention.

Nunkuwarrin Yunti of SA
P    08 8406 1600
W   nunku.org.au
Provides counselling, healing and culturally appropriate support for Indigenous Australians.

Relationships Australia SA
P    1800 998 187
W   rasa.org.au
Royal Commission Support Services provides counselling, assistance and support for people who are engaging with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. We can also provide support to family members or other people connected with a person who is engaging with the Royal Commission.

Suicide Call Back Service
T    1300 659 467
W   suicidecallbackservice.org.au
24/7 counselling for people 18 years and over who are suicidal, caring for someone who is suicidal or people bereaved by suicide.

Survivors and Mates Support Network (SAMSN)
T    1800 4 SAMSN (72676)
W   samsn.org.au
Survivors & Mates Support Network (SAMSN) is a not-for-profit organisation working to increase public awareness of the effects that childhood sexual abuse can have on men in their adult lives. SAMSN employs psychologists and social workers who have experience working with male survivors to facilitate support groups for men and their families and supporters.

Victim Support Service South Australia
P    1800 182 368
W   victimsa.org
Provides support, face to face and phone counselling and advocacy to people affected by the Royal Commission, as well as ongoing support for people to engage with the Commission. Services available in Adelaide and 7 country regions.

Some of the contact details above were sourced from this page from the Child Abuse Royal Commission