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Our research

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.


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.

Who we are

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety Limited, or ANROWS, is a unique research organisation, being one of the only national organisations across the world tasked with building, translating and disseminating the evidence base to inform policy and practice on women’s and children’s safety. 

ANROWS was established as an initiative of Australia’s first National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022 (the National Plan) by the Commonwealth Government and all state and territory governments of Australia. Since the launch of our inaugural research program in October 2014, ANROWS has delivered quality research and associated reports, research synthesis papers, tools and resources across all priority areas of the National Plan. Importantly, ANROWS has also actively worked with decision-makers to support the take-up of the evidence it has produced.

In a relatively short period, ANROWS has developed a reputation for excellence in the production of evidence to guide policy and practice in the violence against women field. Consequently, and in addition to our core funding that is jointly provided by the Commonwealth, states and territories, ANROWS has been successful in tendering for research and evaluation projects.


Our strategic goals

Goal 1: Lead and facilitate coordination of research in the violence against women field, nationally.

Goal 2: Deliver high-quality, innovative and relevant research.

Goal 3: Effectively translate and disseminate evidence to inform policy and practice design decisions.


The ANROWS conceptual model

The ANROWS Board and Senior Management Team oversee a vibrant non-profit research organisation with four core intersecting functions to achieve our goal: high-quality research evidence applied to policy and practice to prevent and respond to violence against women and its impact on children. The ANROWS conceptual model, designed to efficiently achieve our three strategic goals, is shown below.


ANROWS’s authoritative leadership and innovative research translation contributes to policy and practice design that prevents and reduces violence against women and children.

Find out more about how we operate on the “ANROWS on a page” document.

Our mission

To influence evidence-based developments in policy and practice design for the prevention of and response to violence against women, and its impacts on their children, nationally.

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