For Aboriginal Women
by Aboriginal Women

Elizabeth Hoffman's House Aboriginal Women's Services seeks to promote social justice and equity for Aboriginal Women and Children experiencing Family Violence in the community.

Elizabeth Hoffman House provides a range of support to Aboriginal women and children experiencing family violence from crisis to recovery programs. The Family Violence Services comprise:

  • Women's Refuge
  • Outreach services - crisis and intake service, case management service, Intensive Case Management and court support
  • Family violence housing crisis worker
  • After hours crisis service
  • Prisoners Program
  • Family violence counselling for women
  • Children's Counselling Program and
  • Short term projects (dependent on funding)

EHH is committed to developing an innovative and responsive service that provide much needed support to women and children experiencing family violence.

You can find out more about the issue of family violence in Aboriginal communities, including deta iled definitions and statistics, in the section below.


HISTORY: Information about the establishment and development of EHHAWS and its founder, Elizabeth Morgan Hoffman.

ABOUT US: Presents our mission statement and details about the structure of our organisation. Includes bios of current board members and information on how you can offer support in the form of memberships and donations.

OUTREACH PROGRAM: Details about EHHAWS Outreach Program and the comprehensive support resources we offer.

PROJECTS: Descriptions and multimedia detailing past and current events, projects and community initiatives supported by EHHAWS.

ARTS & POETRY: Showcases Aboriginal Women's creative reflections upon the issue of family violence.

NEWLSETTER & GALLERY: A newsletter detailing current activities and initiatives of EHHAWS as well as a gallery of relevant images and clippings.

CONTACTS: Contact details for enquiries and staff members at EHHAWS.

LINKS: Provides a list of relevant and affiliate community organisations and information sources.


New Staff

Joining the staff at EHHAWS this month are Meriki Onus, in the position of Outreach and Housing Officer and Gabrielle Johnson, into administration. We would like to make them welcome!

Keeping Boorais Safe

Keep an eye out for the launch of our recently finished cookbook titled Cooking For Boorais, to be released during NAIDOC week events. This fun cookbook was developed out of a twenty week play group with young Aboriginal mothers and their children, which included a camp at Phillip Island.

The focus of the camp was around Art Therapy, and the women were given a chance to work in a variety of mediums with established artist Lyn Briggs. The Dragon Fly, a symbol of New Beginnings, was a significant theme inspiring the creative activities for the weekend.

Both projects supported by Vic Health.

Employment Opportunities

Several employment opportunities will be made available at EHHAWS within the coming weeks. Relevant details, criteria and contact information will be published in this space. Meanwhile our new website provides plenty of information detailing the history, current activities, affiliations and structure of EHHAWS. Please take some time to learn more about us and offer us your support.

EHHAWS New Look Logo

* The new branding combines the soothing colours of green, purple and ochre.

* The colours green and purple are international women’s colours.

* The new logo design uses the existing painting design, reshaped into a circle symbolising the cycle of life.

* In the circle, Aboriginal women and her children are central and supported by Aboriginal women, making up the Board of Directors.

* The circle also includes the presence of family and community embracing the woman’s right to freedom from violence in all of its forms.