Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service (BWAHS) is the lead specialist Aboriginal Specific family violence service that provides a service in the Eastern Metropolitan Region that is inclusive of Inner and Outer East. BWAHS was established in 2006 following the recommendations of the Victorian Eastern Family Violence Strategy Taskforce Report (2003).
BWAHS transitioned to being an independent Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation on the 25th March 2019 and provides a range of services and programs to Aboriginal individuals and families who are experiencing, are at risk of experiencing or use family violence.
The organisation has developed an excellent record of providing high quality family violence and trauma informed intensive case management, integrated family service responses and evidence based therapeutic programs to individuals and groups for a whole family approach.
BWAHS supports the ideals and philosophy of the Victorian Indigenous Family Violence Task Force Report (2003), where it stipulates that the provision of a holistic approach in a cultural and spiritual environment be underpinned by the integration of Aboriginal teachings into individual services and interventions, supporting and protecting victims of family violence. The delivery of specialised services for women, children and men with guidance for perpetrators sustains the recovery and healing of individuals, families and communities.
Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service acknowledges and respects the Kulin Nation as the traditional owners of the land on which we work and live. We pay our respects to Elders, past present and emerging.