Youth Safety Strategy for SA

Relationship, family and sexual violence is a topic that some people may find difficult or confronting. Everyone has a right to respect and safety in all relationships. If you are worried about unhealthy, abusive or violent behaviour in any of your relationships, see the list of services under ‘Support and assistance’ below.


Young people live free from relationship, family and sexual violence.


Young people are disproportionately affected by relationship, family and sexual violence. The Youth Safety Strategy provides a framework for action to prevent and address this violence. The Strategy complements the South Australian Government's A Right to Safety, the next phase of the Women's Safety Strategy. It builds upon the work of the women’s sector, which has achieved significant progress towards preventing and responding to violence against women.

The Youth Safety Strategy recognises the unique experiences of young people who may experience and/or engage in relationship family and sexual violence. The strategy is informed by young people and government and non-government stakeholders and provides a summary of the feedback and recommendations necessary to overcome the issues and gaps identified.

Next Steps

To turn this Youth Safety Strategy into action, we will:

  • Work to achieve the necessary across government support for an effective and sustained focus, in particular by aligning the Youth Safety Strategy and its implementation with existing domestic and family violence governance mechanisms, primarily the State Government’s A Right to Safety committee.
  • Co-design an action plan with government, sector and young people to deliver on the Strategy’s priorities.

Latest News

In late 2016 and early 2017, the Office for Youth hosted three stakeholder workshops to explore the interrelated issues of homelessness and relationship, family and sexual violence. About 90 representatives from 55 youth, domestic violence and mainstream services attended the workshop series and contributed to the development of the South Australian Youth Safety Strategy.

The Youth Safety Strategy was launched 16 February 2018.  The Community Services Division, through the Office for Youth, and the Office for Women are working together to co-design an action plan for presentation to the A Right to Safety Committee in 2018.


5 February 2016 domestic-violence-in-teenagers--why-arent-we-talking-about-it – Daily Telegraph

19 May 2015 Parents seek help for violent children – ABC

Information and Resources

Stop it at the Start – Australian Government violence against women prevention campaign information and resources

Change the Story – Primary prevention campaign information and resources developed by Our Watch, VicHealth and Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety

Child and Youth Health - Relationships – information on healthy relationships.

The Line – information on what is okay or not with relationships, dating and sex.

White Ribbon – International male led campaign to address violence against women. Includes Ambassador program, Young Ambassadors and Break the Silence in Schools program.

youthsayno – Western Australian Government resource on dating violence.

Support and Assistance

If you or a child or young person in your care is in imminent or immediate danger, call 000 if an emergency or 131 444 for non- urgent police assistance.

For assistance in a mental health emergency, contact the mental health triage service - telephone 13 14 65 available 24 hours, seven days a week.

  • 1800respect – National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service - 1800 737 732
  • Domestic and Aboriginal Family Violence Gateway - Counselling and access to emergency accommodation and support - 1300 782 200 or freecall 1800 800 098
  • Yarrow Place - Rape and Sexual Assault Services - (08) 8226 8777 or free call 24 hours 1800 817 421
  • Lifeline - 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention - 13 11 14
  • Beyondblue – Mental health support - 1300 224 636
  • Kidshelpline - Telephone and online counselling service for children and young people from 5 to 25 years of age - 1800 551 800
  • Relationships Australia - Range of services supporting children, young people, families and the service sector -  1300 364 277 or 1800 182 325 for country callers.
  • What's ok at home? (formerly Bursting the Bubble) provides information for young people and their adult allies to help people understand what domestic and family violence is and what to do about it.
  • Lawstuff –  information and advice for children and young people about the law
  • Image Based Abuse – information and guide for teenagers and young adults about when someone has shared an intimate, nude or sexual image without consent
  • – information (including on domestic) for children and young people, parents and care givers, and those who work with young people.
  • QLife –Telephone and counselling service for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people, families and friends. From 3:00 PM to midnight - 1800 184 527
  • Its time we talked –about porn. For young people, parents and community organisations.