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Adult Abuse Safeguarding


The Adult Safeguarding Unit of the South Australian Government responds to reports or concerns of abuse.

Whereas the unit previously it served to safeguard adults vulnerable to abuse aged 65 years and over (50 years and over for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples), from 1 October 2020, safeguarding extended to adults living with a disability.

Key functions of the Adult Safeguarding Unit include:

  • raising community awareness of strategies to safeguard the rights of adults who may be at risk of abuse
  • responding to reports of suspected or actual abuse of adults who may be vulnerable to abuse
  •  providing support to safeguard the rights of adults experiencing abuse, tailored to their needs, wishes and circumstances
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Adult Safeguarding Unit will safeguard all adults vulnerable to abuse from 2022.

For more information on what abuse might look like, what the ASU does to assist people, Elder abuse, and for further useful resources, please visit the ASU website.

If you are experiencing abuse, or wish to chat about a concern you may have regarding abuse, DACSSA is able to support you with steps you can take. You can call us 9am-5pm on week days, on 08 7122 6030, email us at or reach out to us through our website Contact Us page, or complete an online form (below) and we’ll give you a call.

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