About us

We would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands on which we live and work and pay respect to Aboriginal Elders both past and present. We acknowledge the great diversity in language, Cultures and histories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


We acknowledge the resilience and strengths of families and the community. We will draw on these strengths and use culture to protect and heal our children, families and communities.

We believe that strategies and initiatives developed and led by Aboriginal people are the most appropriate for addressing the current difficulties that are impacting Aboriginal families.


Fundamental to our work is the commitment to provide programs and deliver services in an Aboriginal way, reflecting the priorities and needs of the Community. Our vision is for Aboriginal children, young people, families and community to thrive – by being culturally strong, empowered and safe.


Our priority will always be promoting the safety and welfare of women and children. This is in the context of broader issues that include social and emotional issues and the consequences and harms that have arisen from colonisation and policies that have continued these practices. With this, we also recognise the strengths, dreams and hopes of Aboriginal people. KWY recognises these strengths including the strength of culture to ensure a family-led approach that is based on self-determination. Engaging with, and listening to, the view of children, families and practitioners is a strategy used to improve outcomes for children and their families.

If people don’t have the opportunity to heal from trauma, they may unknowingly pass it on to others through their behaviour. Their children may experience difficulties with attachment, disconnection from their extended families and culture and high levels of stress from family and community members who are dealing with the impacts of trauma. This can create developmental issues for children, who are particularly susceptible to distress at a young age. This creates a cycle of trauma, where the impact is passed from one generation to the next (Healing Foundation https://healingfoundation.org.au/intergenerational-trauma/ )

Our aim is to provide a service where people will no longer have to go to multiple places to find support and piece together a plan for their safety and wellbeing.

We believe all families can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.

Our Mission

The safety of women and children is at the heart of everything we do. We aim to improve the safety of women, children and men by providing specialist knowledge and culturally appropriate services to break the cycle of domestic violence and stem the flow of Aboriginal children into the child protection systems across Australia.

Further resources

If you would like to download brochures for you, your clients or  your organisation please click the link below. All flyers are in PDF format and are ready to print on a standard A4 paper.  If you're holding an event and would like our flyers or a representative from KWY to attend we encourage you to contact our head office on 08 8377 7822 or via email at Admin@kwy.org.au

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Employment at KWY

KWY maximises employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by seeking to employ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within all aspects of KWY. In all ways KWY gives status to cultural knowledge and learnings to support its practice. This comes from staff, families, Elders and community. This includes wherever possible and appropriate, cultural mentorship for all staff to support their practice as we know and believe that culture is a strength and will support great outcomes for families.

If you are interested in gaining employment with KWY, please email your resume to Admin@kwy.org.au