Support groups and organisations: Homicide

If you are seeking support relating to grief e.g. support organisations and resources such as books, please use the Finding Support page or use links which are presented at the bottom of each topic page.

Compassionate Friends (SA)
Homicide Victim Support Group
Northern Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service – CAMHS – Country Regional Team
Star Bear Program Anglicare Inc
Victim Support Service

Compassionate Friends (SA)

Compassionate Friends (SA) is part of a world wide support organisation for bereaved parents. This is regardless of the age of the child at death or the manner of death. Services provided include monthly support groups in 3 metropolitan locations, telephone support to members, a bi-monthly newsletter, a range of brochures and a resource library. A CandleLight service is held in December each year. Some support is also provided to siblings and grandparents.

Services provided:

  • Support group meetings
  • Literature on grief eg. brochures
  • Library facilities for loss & grief
  • Pamphlets
  • Newsletters – quarterly - first newsletter for newly joining family is free, thereafter by subscription

Address: PO Box 26 Kent Town SA 5071
Phone: 0456 820 133
Hours of Operation: Monthly support group meetings are held at the Community rooms St Matthews Church, 146 Kensington Rd, Marryatville, South Australia
Costs: There is an annual membership of $30 (due in June and may increase annually in June) which covers cost of the newsletters, annual events such as Balloon Release, CandleLight

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Homicide Victim Support Group

The H.V.S.G. of S.A. is a self support group for the families and friends of homicide victims. We have three main objectives: support, education and reform. We hold monthly meetings and produce a trimonthly newsletters. We can also arrange to meet one-to-one. We offer long term support with no restrictions on time.

Services provided:

  • Individual support
  • Telephone support: Sharon Nckell 0423 411 055
  • Support group meetings: on the third Wednesday of the month at the Anglicare building,
    184  Port Rd, Hindmarsh at 7pm
  • Literature on grief, eg. brochuresf
  • Tri-monthly newsletters

Telephone support:
Sharon Nckell 0423 411 055
General enquiries: Lynette Nitschke 0428 475 618
Address: Box 503 Waikerie S.A. 5330
Costs: Free, although there is a voluntary $10 annual fee to become a financial member if desired

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LIFELINE provides a 24hr telephone counselling service that is compassionate, non-judgmental, confidential and supportive of people from all walks of life, in need or in crisis.
Counsellors are trained to help with crises in areas such as isolation, relationship difficulties, domestic violence, suicide, youth issues, loss and grief, mental health, child abuse, sexual abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, gambling etc.

LIFELINE has been helping South Australians of all ages, religions and social groups since 1963. In that time, our counsellors have dealt with just about every human problem.

Services provided:

  • Telephone counselling 24 hours 131114
  • Grief education classes as part of training of telephone counsellors
  • Referral service to other agencies and support groups
  • One-on-one crisis support chat 8pm-4am 7days: 13 11 14 

Address: 10 Pitt Street, ADELAIDE SA 5000

Mailing Address: GPO Box 2534 ADELAIDE SA 5000
Phone: 08 8202 5820
Fax: 08 8202 5822
Hours of Operation: Admin 9am-5pm
Costs: Nil (only cost is for in house training of telephone counsellors)

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Northern Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service – CAMHS – Country Regional Team

CAMHS provides a free and confidential counselling service for children up to 18 years of age and their families. Services are provided by child and family specialists including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, occupational therapists who are experienced in helping children with emotional, psychiatric, behavioural or social difficulties.


  • Family and individual counseling
  • Group programs for children
  • Group programs for parents
  • Information workshops for parents and carers 
  • Toll free: 1800 819 089

Address: Port Augusta Service: Port Augusta Community Health Service, 36 Flinders Terrace Pt Augusta SA 5700 

Port Pirie Service: GP plus clinic, 50 Gertrude st Port Pirie SA 5540 

Port Lincoln Service: Port Lincoln Community Health Service, Ground Floor Port Lincoln Hospital, Oxford Terrece West Wing, SA 5606

Whyalla Service: Whyalla Community Health Service, 171 Nicholson Ave Whyalla SA 5600

Client Freecall Phone: 1800 819 089
Agency Phone: 08 8632 5304
Fax:Port Pirie: 08 8633 2489
Hours: Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. 
Costs: nil

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Star Bear Program Anglicare Inc

The Star Bear program is a partnership between Anglicare Loss and Grief Centre.

Star Bear is a grief support program for children aged 5-12. For teenagers up to 17 there is the Star Bound program for  teenagers who are grieving the death of a parent, sibling or significant person.

Children attend a weekend camp conducted by trained mentors/leaders. The programe aims to increase children’s understanding of death and the grieving process, as well as providing them with the opportunity to share their experiences with other children. both camps aee run by proffesionals and volunteairs in the area. 

Please contact Star Bear with any questions/enrolment form.

Services provided:

  • Individual child or family counselling, Anglicare Loss and Grief Centre
  • Information services about grief for children and adults can be provided for schools or the wider community
  • Follow up support for bereavement 
  • weekly camps for Starbear children bewteen 5-12 and Starbound for teenagers up to 17

Phone: (08) 8409 3608
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 9am-5pm
Costs:  Nil (for camps)

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Victim Support Service

The Victim Support Service Inc. (VSS) of S.A. is a community based, not-for-profit organisation in South Australia, which provides a comprehensive range of services for people who have suffered as a result of a criminal offence. This includes the crime victimes, their families and friends and the wider community.

Services provided:

  • Professional counselling, advocacy & support
  • Information about victims rights and criminal injuries compensation claims
  • Specific information sessions
  • Court companion service
  • Resource centre/library
  • Regional services – Pt Pirie, Pt Augusta, Riverland, Mt Gambier, Pt Lincoln, Whyalla and Murrylands

Address:  11 Halifax St Adelaide 5000
Mailing Address: PO Box 6610 Halifax street Adelaide 5000
Phone: (08) 8231 5626
Country Free Toll: 1800 182 368
Fax: (08) 8231 5458
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm
Costs: None

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