Our History

Aboriginal Male’s Healing Centre Strong Spirit Strong Families Strong Culture Incorporated (AMHC) was founded in 2015 as non-profit community based organisation in Newman. We are proposing to build a purpose built facility that shall provide a mandatory residential based intervention/prevention centre, that will cater for Aboriginal males that use violence. Our residential service shall be a diversionary service provider, with referrals from other service providers, referrals from the department of corrections, court referrals and voluntary.

The Central Pilbara and Western Desert have a very high proportion of Aboriginal males who use violence. The bigger concern of course are the victims – woman & children – of this violent behaviour who are forced to flee the family home and their home lands in order to seek refuge for their own safety and that of their children’s. This is unacceptable. The woman and children should remain in the home and in their home lands if they feel safe to do so (consider your safety first) .

Aboriginal males are the offending perpetrator, therefore it should be the offending male who is removed from the family home and his home lands and made responsible and accountable for his actions. Not only should he as a man who uses violence be apprehended and face the full consequences of the judicial system, but he should also be obliged to enter a family violence intervention/prevention residential centre for a period of 12 months.

There are currently a patchwork of programs and approaches to addressing family violence in Aboriginal communities among federal, state and territory governments, but there remains a lack of coordination and consistency in approaches to addressing these issues between governments and among different government agencies. Significant gaps also exist. There are three recurring strategic aspects that need to be present to address family violence in Aboriginal communities, namely that:

  • Programs be community-driven (with leadership from men as well as women);
  • Community agencies establish partnerships with each other and with relevant government agencies; and
  • Composite violence programs are able to provide a more holistic approach to community violence.

An emphasis solely on criminal justice responses to family violence poses two main concerns for Aboriginal women:

  • The first is that the system is generally ineffective in addressing the behaviour of the perpetrator in the longer-term. The effect of imprisonment is to remove them from the community and then, without any focus on rehabilitation or addressing the circumstances that led to the offending in the first place, to simply return them to the same environment.
  • The second is that there are a range of barriers in the accessibility and cultural appropriateness of legal processes which discourage Aboriginal women from using the criminal justice system in the first place.