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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

Clothing Range

Our clothing and bag range features the Pinyama design.  This design was created by Casimira Tipiloura, a young Tiwi artist in collaboration with a Tiwi Evaluation team working on the HOC pilot project in her home community of Bathurst Island.

Read more about Casimira here

Cosi says “The Pinyama tree likes to grow near the beach in swampy conditions.  The fruit flesh is eaten when ripe red but the seed is not eaten.  In the tunga bag, there are some pinyama fruit that children can collect to take home.  The fruit represents the change we want to make for our people.”

Women’s Organic Cotton T. Shirt

  • 100% combed organic cotton jersey
  • Very soft and comfortable
  • Slim fitted
  • Available in Black or White
  • Sizes 8 to 16
  • Bonus: handmade clothing tag doubles as a bookmark.
  • Price $30 (p&h not included)
  • Size Guide

    Half chest (cm): 41 43 45 47 49
    Body length (cm): 61 63 65 66 67


    Men's  Organic Cotton T-Shirt


  • 100% combed organic cotton jersey
  • Very soft and comfortable
  • Body fitted
  • Available in Black or White
  • Sizes XS, S, M, L, XL
  • Bonus: handmade clothing tag doubles as a bookmark.
  • $30 (p&h not included)
  • Size Guide:

    Half chest (cm): 50 52 54 56 58
    Body length (cm): 67 69 71 73 75

    Women’s Singlet top

  • 160gsm 100% combed  fine cotton
  • T-back cut
  • very soft and comfortable;
  • suitable for fitness
  • Bonus: handmade clothing tag doubles as a bookmark.
  • $25 (p&h not included)

  • Size Guide:

    half chest (cm) 37 39.5 42 44.5 47

    Calico Bag

  • handy shopping or multi-purpose bag
  • Available in Natural , Black, Red, Royal Blue, Ochre, Green & Purple
  • Bonus: handmade tag doubles as a bookmark.
  • $8 (p&h not included)
  • Purchases

    Choose and pay in person at our office – Level 2, 43 Cavenagh Street, Darwin.

    Download the Order Form here.  Email or fax your order.  We will calculate postage costs and contact you to arrange payment.


    Phone enquiries: 08 8923 4999.

    Fax 8981 6190.

    Thank you

    Your purchase is a gift to us. With your support, we can continue to

    • employ local women in Wurrumiyanga, Pirlangimpi and Milikapiti
    • expand our work in Palmerston and Katherine in 2017
    • spread our message and help prevent children’s exposure to trauma through domestic and family violence

    Thank you for supporting the Healing Our Children project.  If you’d like to know more about the project click here ( or contact Lucy Van Sambeek, HOC Project Co-ordinator on

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