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Violence against women and their 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.


Knowledge transfer and exchange

ANROWS host activities as part of its knowledge transfer and exchange (KTE) work, including public lectures, workshops and research launches. Details of upcoming ANROWS activities and news are available from the list on the right.



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.


Knowledge translation resources

To support the take-up of evidence, ANROWS offers a range of resources developed from research to support practitioners and policy-makers in delivering evidence-based interventions.

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ANROWS National Research Conference on Violence against Women and their Children

Evidence in Action

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The PIPA project: Positive Interventions for Perpetrators of Adolescent violence in the home

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Fourth Action Plan research

Research responding to the five priority areas of the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.

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Deliver research evidence which drives policy and practice to end violence against women and children.

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Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety Limited is an independent, not-for-profit research organisation established to produce evidence to support the reduction of violence against women and their children.


Warawarni-gu Guma Statement

Healing Together in Ngurin Ngarluma.

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MCWH is pleased to be part of a webinar on 'Strengthening capacity for multicultural and settlement services to support women experiencing violence' on 10 June 2020.

Register your place today: https://www.anrows.org.au/event/strengthening-capacity-for-multicultural-and-settlement-services-to-support-women-experiencing-violence/?fbclid=IwAR3Xq6vu7p41mq9OK2KhOPpxhwRaR1lWu3Q8Ny1ej_bjp1KZ42BnNkPcBYc

@ANROWS has published research which explores how we might begin to improve the recognition and understanding of LGBTQ intimate partner violence among both mainstream and domestic and family violence service providers, and within #LGBTQ communities. https://buff.ly/2AsDUSF

Today is Australia’s 1st LGBTI Domestic Violence Awareness Day.
The “heterosexual face” of DFV can mask its presence in #LGBTQ relationships. It’s important that mainstream service providers increase capacity to recognise the unique dynamics of LGBTQ DV.

I can't wait to read it! Congratulations @mike_salter @ANROWS and teams! https://twitter.com/mike_salter/status/1265428014789091329

"All women interviewed for the study had been extensively victimised, however no woman reported that the full extent of her victimisation had been prosecuted in the criminal justice system" | @mike_salter et al in new @ANROWS research on complex trauma: https://bit.ly/3d4lplW.

"Complex trauma overlaps with frameworks on #violenceagainstwomen & #mentalhealth. However, the impact of complex trauma is not comprehensively addressed by these fwks, which contributes to the fragmented response to women in distress." This
report incl rec for policy & practice. https://twitter.com/ANROWS/status/1265440526976704512

"The women we interviewed told us that #complextrauma is impacting every aspect of their lives: mental health, physical health, relationships, safety, financial security." A/Prof @mike_salter on new ANROWS research w @UNSW @westernsydneyu & @Griffith_Uni:

Our interdisciplinary, multi-uni, multi-state @ANROWS report on #complextrauma is now available! https://bit.ly/3em9hgj @GriffCrimInst @Griffith_Uni @UNSW @westernsydneyu @GriffithUniVC @mike_salter @JaneUssher Elizabeth Conroy Warwick Middleton Jackie Burke #trauma #violence https://twitter.com/ANROWS/status/1265424289622159365

Our @ANROWS research report on complex trauma is out! Thank you so much to all the survivors and professionals (and survivor-professionals) who were interviewed for this study, and all the services who helped with recruitment https://www.anrows.org.au/publication/a-deep-wound-under-my-heart-constructions-of-complex-trauma-and-implications-for-womens-wellbeing-and-safety-from-violence/

"When you use the word illness, you’re saying that I’m sick. I’m not sick. I have a set of symptoms as a result of what was done to me. I’m not sick.” Great new research into #complextrauma by @mike_salter published by @ANROWS this morning: https://www.anrows.org.au/project/constructions-of-complex-trauma-and-implications-for-womens-wellbeing-and-safety-from-violence/

New ANROWS research led by @mike_salter shows that while health professionals favour a psychological understanding of #complextrauma, women with experiences of complex trauma emphasise bodily and relational aspects: https://www.anrows.org.au/publication/a-deep-wound-under-my-heart-constructions-of-complex-trauma-and-implications-for-womens-wellbeing-and-safety-from-violence/

The @walkleys have announced the finalists for the Walkley Mid-Year Celebration of Journalism, including the finalists for the Our Watch Award for excellence in reporting on violence against women and children.

The SUSTAIN study

Identifying and responding to domestic violence in antenatal care

Research shows that pregnancy is a risk factor for the onset and escalation of domestic violence. This new research provides an evidence base for ways to improve and sustain practices to identify and respond to domestic violence in complex healthcare settings.

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Conflicting understandings of complex trauma create challenges for survivors of gender-based violence

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ANROWS Notepad 21 May 2020

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More men are seeking help: Evidence must guide our response

Conflicting understandings of complex trauma create challenges for survivors of gender-based violence

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