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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.


News and events

ANROWS hosts events as part of its knowledge transfer and exchange 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.



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.

Research Program

2021–2024 ANROWS Sexual Harassment Research Program

The prevalence of sexual harassment in Australian workplaces was examined by the Australian Human Rights Commission in 2018–2019. The resulting reports, Everyone’s Business: Fourth National Survey on Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces (2018) and Respect@Work: National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces, found one in three people had experienced sexual harassment in their workplace within the last five years.

These reports highlighted the relationship between gender inequality and sexual harassment in workplaces, finding that women experience higher levels of sexual harassment than men.

In response to Recommendation 4 of the Respect@Work report, ANROWS established the 2021–2024 Sexual Harassment Research Program to contribute to a national evidence base on sexual harassment to guide policy and practice.

Sexual harassment exists on a continuum with sexual violence, a key priority identified in Australia’s National Research Agenda to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children (ANRA) 2020–2022. ANROWS’s 2021–2024 Sexual Harassment Research Program will help build the evidence base on sexual harassment in an Australian context and inform the development of policies and programs for workplaces, public spaces and online. The program addresses research gaps identified under the sexual violence and harassment theme in ANRA and the findings of the Respect@Work report.

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If you have any queries about the 2021–2024 ANROWS Sexual Harassment Research Program please contact ANROWS at [email protected]

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