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Healing Our Children project

Healing Our children is a project that works alongside strong women leaders in Aboriginal communities to support mothers and grandmothers who are at risk of domestic and family violence.

Our aim is to intervene early to prevent children’s exposure to violence, which has been shown to have long-term impacts on brain development.  Many problems with behaviour, thinking, emotions, learning, memory, relationships and health can be prevented by protecting our children in the first 1,000 days of life.

Now there’s a new way you can support our work.

We have made available some mind-blowing resources to help you in your work and help us spread our message!   “Care for your baby’s brain, just like you care for your country.”

DVD – ‘It Takes a Forest to Raise a Tree’

Due to popular demand we have reproduced a limited edition of “It Takes A Forest to Raise a Tree: Healing Our Children from the Storms in their lives”. Each story on this DVD provides an invitation to explore the “storms of life” with women at risk, in group work or counselling setting.

“One Family Tree” is a fictional story filmed in a remote Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory.  The story shows how witnessing domestic and family violence can affect unborn babies and children of all ages.  It provides a discussion tool to explore the sorts of things families and communities do to help children heal from trauma.

“The Seed of Life” tells a story about the harmful effects of trauma on the developing brain and explains why it is so important to protect children from an early age.  Just like a seed must be cared for early in life to grow into a strong and healthy tree, the same can be said about the brain of a baby.  The story is told in both Tiwi and Djambarrpyngu language.

Price $10 (plus postage and handling of $3.35)


“Sections of One Family tree are a good stimulus for discussion about what is OK parenting and also how children seek and obtain what we call positive and negative attention.  Also the material on brain development in The Seed of Life, we communicate in an interactive way but it is great to have locally produced resources including in language and to have a range of ways of introducing the information and ideas.”   - Sarah Mares, former Consultant Child and Family Psychiatrist & Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Child Development and Education, Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin

Phone enquiries: 08 8923 4999.

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