Aboriginal Men’s Behaviour Change and Healing Program | 9am - 4pm

Current programs to address family violence in Aboriginal communities lack cultural competence and consistency in their approach. This workshop program reflects the findings of a significant bank of research conducted by the Aboriginal Males Healing Centre over the past 5+ years and is underpinned by the principles of the Duluth Model. 
The Aboriginal Males Healing Centre model offers a holistic approach to healing with Aboriginal Cultural and Lore as the key focal point. At the end of the process men who have participated in the program will have life skills, a sense of responsibility, the opportunity of meaningful employment and good physical health and be emotionally spiritual and strong. 
9:00-10:30 | Session One: Clinical Pathways for the Men’s Healing
  • Reflections on the Yirna Jukurrpa Treatment Model, a combination of AMHC’s model and Aboriginal cultural healing methods
  • A psycho-educational group counselling approach
  • Role of education in emotional and behavioural change
  • Core role of spiritual practices
10.30-11:00 Morning Tea
11:00-12:30 | Session Two: Core Profile Paradigm
  • Healing of persons living in resident houses including four critical elements: Acceptance, Forgiveness, Lateral Love, Humility
  • Using the Core Profile Paradigm to value add in the necessary healing, spiritual and psychological transformation of all the residents and staff
  • The healing and spiritual map 
  • The role of the gift ritual in the healing process and family reconciliation
12:30-1:30 Lunch 
1:30-4:00 | Session Three: De-institutionalisation, cultural activities and training program
  • Stage 1: De-institutionalisation through communal activities, hobbies, sports, team work and making their own decisions
  • Stage 2: Cultural activities with Kinship Groups, including stories and traditions, rituals, hunting and gathering, Elders and initiation rituals
  • Stage 3: Training Program incorporating the Core Profile Paradigm
4 pm Workshop ends
WORKSHOP LEADER:  Devon Cuimara, Founder & CEO, Aboriginal Males Healing Centre Strong Spirit Strong Families Strong Culture Inc (AMHC)
I am the Founder & CEO of the Aboriginal Males Healing Centre Strong Spirit Strong Families Strong Culture Incorporated (AMHC). The AMHC was incorporated on the 7th July 2015 and is a life-time commitment to all the women in my life – my wife, my daughters, mother, grandmother, all female family members and female community members – to develop a cure to the societal illness of family violence, and because it “stops with me”.
Furthermore, I’m the son of a father who used violence. My grandfather used violence. My uncles used violence. Most men in my family either used or used violence. Most Aboriginal men I know either use or have used violence. I used violence. 
Men are not born violent. Violence is a learned outcome. Growing up and witnessing family violence was and is the norm. To live with family violence as a child and then to live with the fallout as a man, is akin to walking on glass.





  • Building a national community to strengthen family violence prevention
  • Increasing access to justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victim/survivors of family violence
  • Supporting and enhancing the capacity to deliver culturally safe legal and non-legal services for communities


  • Dhelk Dja: Aboriginal-led Victorian Agreement released in October 2018 committing Aboriginal communities, Aboriginal services and the Victorian Government to work together and be accountable for Aboriginal people, families and communities being stronger, safer, thriving and living free from family violence 
  • Building the Dhelk Dja Agreement upon self-determination and driving action at the local, regional and statewide level 
  • Nargneit Birrang:  a framework to guide the flexible design, funding, implementation and evaluation of Aboriginal-led holistic healing programs for family violence in Victoria 




  • ‘First 48 Hours Model’: providing a high level of responsiveness to the needs of women and children over the first two days of service
  • Crisis accommodation and education to women around the cycle of violence and its impact on children
  • Critical Intervention Outreach Service (CIOS) for women who have previously utilised the KWCC accommodation services or who have been referred through the Family Safety 



  • KWY Aboriginal Corporation’s unique Stronger, Safer Families outreach hub model offering trauma-informed therapeutic services for Aboriginal children, women and men and perpetrators of violence
  • A culturally safe and holistic approach driven by Aboriginal families for Aboriginal people
  • Providing in-home support services through an integrated therapeutic model
  • Positive and sustainable outcomes for families – supporting Aboriginal women, children and men to reduce family violence and child protection concerns



  • Primary prevention strategies for Indigenous communities
  • Early intervention through culturally specific programs
  • Partnering with Indigenous organisations for a holistic approach to addressing family violence


  • Tackling underlying causes of sexual violence through primary prevention programs
  • Early intervention through targeted and culturally informed programs
  • Engaging other Indigenous service providers for a holistic approach to tackling sexual violence in Aboriginal communities



  • Overcoming challenges in outreach, advocacy and safety planning
  • Engaging communities on how funding and resources should be mobilised
  • Greater transparency, monitoring and reporting on expenditure and resource usage


  • Strategies for effective recruitment and retention
  • Supporting skills development, training and capacity-building for domestic and family violence workers to effectively carry out their roles
  • Ensuring that mainstream services are culturally sensitive and responsive to the needs of Indigenous Australians




  • Implications of limited housing pathways for Indigenous women and their children
  • How improving integration between housing, domestic and family violence and child protection services should reduce rates of Indigenous women’s injury and death
  • Policy development options: addressing bottlenecks in crisis, transitional and long-term housing









  • Clinical pathways for men’s healing
  • Using the Core Profile Paradigm to value add in the necessary healing, spiritual and psychological transformation of all the residents and staff
  • De-institutionalisation, cultural activities and training program


  • Challenges of delivering intervention programs in remote Central Australia
  • Methodology and key concepts of the program
  • Assessing the effectiveness of the Cross Borders program in achieving long-term behaviour change for participants



  • A psycho-educational model and space for men who use violence and abuse in their intimate and family relationships
  • Tailoring sessions to address the men’s use of violence, to accept responsibility for their use of violence and learn ways to reduce their use of violence
  • Upholding the safety of women and children as a primary concern



  • Providing free, confidential and legal advice and casework to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, youth and children on a range of family and civil law matters
  • Helping women navigate the court system and informing the Aboriginal community of their legal rights through free community legal education sessions 
  • Advocating for law reform to address inequities and inefficiencies in the legal system
  • Facilitating cultural awareness training for service providers that work with Aboriginal people


  • Providing an integrated and coordinated approach to Koori family violence matters
  • Increasing safety for victims, children and families
  • Endowing the courts with increased knowledge and understanding of issues associated with family violence within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community 



  • Prioritising the provision of culturally appropriate victim support services, cultural awareness and education training for stakeholders in the court system
  • Improving the accessibility of the court system for victims of family violence
  • Ensuring legal services are effective and responsive to the needs of Indigenous communities


  • The role of ecological factors in shaping police response to situations
  • How police organisation and culture influences individual police officers when policing Indigenous communities
  • Gaining knowledge from Indigenous community members on how police can improve their legitimacy in the context of discrete Indigenous communities




  • Effects of trauma such as Domestic and Family Violence on the developing brains of young children 
  • The importance of caring for emotional as well as physical needs of children 
  • Ways to cope with the “Storms of Life” through supporting each other
  • Healing is always possible 


  • Impacts on children’s physical, emotional and social wellbeing of living with family violence
  • Prevention and early intervention strategies for children living in homes at risk of family violence
  • Therapeutic responses that can be employed for children exposed to family violence