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Violence against women and children affects everybody. It impacts on the health, wellbeing and safety of a significant proportion of Australians throughout all states and territories and places an enormous burden on the nation’s economy across family and community services, health and hospitals, income-support and criminal justice systems.


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ANROWS was established by the Commonwealth and all state and territory governments of Australia to produce, disseminate and assist in applying evidence for policy and practice addressing violence against women and their children.



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State of knowledge on the co-occurrence, intersection and differences between forms of, and responses to, violence against women and their children

Estimated end date
This project was completed in October 2015.

The research literature reveals a range of intersections between domestic and family violence, sexual assault, and child abuse in the context of violence against women.

Nevertheless, research effort and service responses have typically been fragmented and sector-specific, most likely due to differences in the nature of the forms of violence, the contexts in which they occur and the historical development of responses to each issue.

This project will explore the similarities and differences between these different forms of violence against women.

In particular, it will include attention to re-victimisation (e.g. child victims of domestic and family violence who subsequently experience adult sexual assault or victims of both domestic violence and sexual assault by different perpetrators) and co-occurrence (e.g. men who perpetrate both child abuse and domestic violence or domestic violence and stranger sexual assault, or women who experience sexual assault as part of domestic and family violence). It would also include exploring the literature on combined service responses to both sexual assault and domestic violence.

This project will provide information on the similarities and differences between domestic and family violence to:

  • assist in sharing knowledge between the two sectors; and
  • inform future research and service delivery for where these two issues overlap.


Principal chief investigator:

Dr Peta Cox, Senior Research Officer, ANROWS.


research paper

Sexual assault and domestic violence in the context of co-occurrence and re-victimisation: State of knowledge paper

see also

Word document

Sexual assault and domestic violence in the context of co-occurrence and re-victimisation: State of knowledge paper



$40,000 (max.)

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