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Research

Our research

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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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

About ANROWS

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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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.


ANROWS Board

ANROWS is governed by a board of directors, chaired by Sam Mostyn, which includes five independent directors, one Commonwealth Government director and three state government directors.

Barry Sandison

INTERIM CHAIR

Barry is a research fellow with the Australian National University School of Health and Medicine and also with the Paul Ramsay Foundation. With over 38 years' experience in the public sector across more than 13 agencies, Barry’s expertise covers a wide range of health- and welfare-related work, with previous senior roles in both policy and service delivery.

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Dawn Bessarab

DIRECTOR, INDEPENDENT

Dawn is an Aboriginal woman of Bard (West Kimberley) and Yjindjarbandi (Pilbara) descent. A highly regarded and experienced senior social worker and researcher, she did her PhD on the impact of the gendered lived experiences of Aboriginal women and men.

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Elizabeth Foley

DIRECTOR, INDEPENDENT
Chair, Finance, Risk
and Audit Committee

Elizabeth is a non-executive director and CEO, with experience across a range of sectors, including financial services, digital innovation, health and medical research, and professional services industries.

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Dr Melanie Heenan

DIRECTOR, VICTORIA

Melanie Heenan is an established leader with extensive experience in family violence and sexual assault research, policy, practice and system reform in Victoria, including leadership roles with the Australian Institute of Family Studies and the Victorian Law Reform Commission.

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Jeanette Kerr

DIRECTOR, NORTHERN TERRITORY

Jeanette is the Deputy Chief Executive, Families in Territory Families, Housing and Communities since September 2016. 

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Jenny Morgan

DIRECTOR, INDEPENDENT

Jenny is a Professor in Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne, where she has taught across a range of courses since 1988.

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Edward Mosby

DIRECTOR, INDEPENDENT

Edward is a Torres Strait Islander born on Thursday Island, was raised in South West Queensland and has lived in Central Queensland for the past 20 years.

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Kirsty Windeyer

DIRECTOR, AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Kirsty is the Domestic Family and Sexual Violence Coordinator-General in the ACT since April 2020. She provides strategic leadership that supports whole-of-government collaboration and coordination of the government’s response to domestic, family and sexual violence.

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