In the Bayside Peninsula region, the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) is the key organisation servicing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people, families, and community members.


Djirra is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation governed by an Aboriginal Board of Directors. The organisation was established in 2002 as the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention & Legal Service (FVPLS Victoria). Their services have expanded and the organisation was renamed Djirra.  Their services include:

  • Community education, early intervention and prevention programs.
  • Legal services.
  • Support services.
  • Policy and advocacy.

Elizabeth Morgan House

Elizabeth Morgan House is an Aboriginal community controlled organisation providing refuge accommodation and specialist family violence services to Aboriginal women and their children. The organisations’s support also extends to parents of Aboriginal children, as well as partners and ex-partners of Aboriginal people.

Elizabeth Morgan House is also a peak body in Victoria for Aboriginal women and family violence, advising Peak Aboriginal Organisations, Government & NGO sector on issues affecting Aboriginal women & families.

Resources for Practitioners

Resources for Practitioners working with Children

Resources for Clients

  • 13YARN  National crisis support line for mob Designed, led and delivered by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, 13YARN (on 13 92 76) will offer a confidential, one-on-one yarning opportunity for mob with a Lifeline Australia trained Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Crisis supporter 24 hours, 7 days a week.  13YARN is was developed in collaboration with Lifeline Australia and Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Australia. The service has been co-designed with expertise from Lifeline and several Aboriginal mental health professionals including NACCHO AustraliaBlack Dog Institute Aboriginal Lived Experience team and the Centre for Excellence in Suicide Prevention. We have also sought input from Torres Strait Islander, remote, regional, and urban peoples with lived experience.  If you, or someone you know, are feeling worried or no good, we encourage you to connect with 13YARN on 13 92 76 (24 hours/7 days) and talk with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Crisis Supporter.
  • Call It Out – Reporting Racisim The Call it Out portal is now accepting reports of interpersonal or systemic racism. The platform is run by the Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education & Research and the National Justice Project.
    Organisers say this makes it the first independent and Indigenous-led alternative to traditional racism complaint systems and legal processes
  • A Quick Guide to Child Protection for Koori Families A guide developed by the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service.
  • Koori Family Violence Police Protocols: what you can expect Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria guide for Koori families.

Training Resources

Yarning Up on Trauma

VACCA’s training program where participants discuss the nature and effects of trauma including physical, social, emotional and spiritual impacts on Aboriginal families. There is a focus upon understanding trauma in the context of Aboriginal history: through colonisation, stolen generations, disadvantage and institutionalised racism. Across the four days map this history to place the trauma of Aboriginal people today within that context.

Emerging Minds

Free online training is available from one to four hour modules covering a range of topics, including working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Other Resources

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