Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service

Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service

A culturally safe service that assists Aboriginal people in their healing journey from the impact of family violence.

Our ‘Vision of Healing’ is to provide a culturally safe service that assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from the Eastern Metropolitan Region (EMR) in their healing journey to address the impacts of family violence by providing opportunities to become strong individuals and families; live in safe communities and have healthy lives where pathways to recovery for our people can be achieved.

Our Vision determines that...

"The Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service provides a safe cultural place that supports the healing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and communities to live free from family violence."

The vision also supports the ideals and philosophy of the Victorian Indigenous Family Violence Task Force Report (2003) where it stipulates the provision of a holistic approach in a cultural and spiritual environment, underpinned by the integration of Aboriginal teachings into individual services and interventions to support and protect victims of family violence, deliver specialized services for women, children and men, provide guidance for perpetrators and sustain the recovery and healing of individuals, families and communities.

Programs & Services

Our programs and activities are designed to encourage holistic healing, provide confidential, culturally sensitive support and assistance and encourage healthy lifestyles. We enable this through family violence education and awareness programs, individual and family support and engaging group activities to nurture and comfort those on a healing journey. Boorndawan Willam (Safe House) is a place where you can strengthen your family and relationships, stop the hurting and change your life in through our holistic Aboriginal cultural and spiritual approach.

Such programs & services include:

  • Art Therapy
  • Women's Kitchen Table Yarning Circles
  • ​Men's Healing Circle
  • Balit Yan Yan
  • Children's Holiday Activities
  • Education and Awareness Programs
  • Family Camp


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons in photographs, film, audio recordings or printed material. To listen to our Acknowledgement of Country, click here.