Devon Cuimara Founder & CEO of Aboriginal Males Healing Centre Strong Spirit Strong Families Strong Culture Inc (AMHC). My people are the First Nation People of the Southwest of Western Australia (WA). My matrilineal kin groups are Manitjimat (white cockatoo) and Wardongmat (crow). ‘Mat ‘means ‘stock, family, leg’. My Moort (Family) are the Juat, Wadjuk, Pibilman, Njunga – Nyungar mob and Badimaya, Wudjari mob of the Southern Yamatji group.
I’m the son of a father who is the son of a father (my grandfather). Three generations have used violence. If I didn’t stop, my sons would have been the fourth generation. In my family, most men use violence. Most Aboriginal men I know are abusive. I have been aggressive. However, I was not born violent. I learned aggression. The abuse was normal growing up. Living with abusive behaviour in my family was like a repetitive monologue. I have faced abuse all my life, including racial abuse.