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...
'Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and communities to live free from 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.
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.
Recognizing and understanding who we are as Aboriginal people and the legacy we have inherited from Australia's past history of colonial violence and disposession
Culutral integriy, respect, safety and connectedness within Aboriginal and mainstream services
Safety and security for victims of violence
Strong community relationships and positive role models
Shared responsibilities - assisting victimes and perpetrators on their healing journey so they can participate fully in life and community
Respect for self and others
Promoting emotional and social health and wellbeing
No violence - in the home, in the family, in the community or in the workplace
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and communities to live free from violence
Our Purpose and Objectives
'In partnership with the Aboriginal community, Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service will lead, influence
and inform the development of a culturally safe response to family violence.'
The objectives of the Healing Service are to provide and observe:
We acknowledge the need to advocate on behalf of, educate and work with individuals, families and the broader community in their search for healing.
Our outcomes for our people both long and short term are: