History

In 2006, the Nilimkal Kangoo Eastern Metropolitan Indigenous Family Violence Action Group (IFVAG), in partnership with EACH was successful in its application to the Department of Human Services for the development of an Indigenous Healing Service in servicing the Outer Eastern suburbs. Thus, Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service was established, with a focus on the provision of a culturally relevant prevention and post-intervention program to Indigenous people in the Easter Metropolitan Region who were affected by family violence.

The name, Boorndawan Willam, derives from the Wathaurong and Woiwurrung languages. Boorndawan (Wathaurong) meaning ‘safe’ and Willam (Woiwurrung) meaning ‘house’, combine to create a ‘safe house’. The healing service acknowledges the use of these words in the development of the organizations name. Built on the back of the Indigenous Family Violence Task Force Report (2003), Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service adheres to the holistic approach stipulated in the report.

This approach, which is contextualised in a cultural and spiritual environment, is 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.