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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.

Australia’s National Research Agenda to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children (ANRA) 2020-2022

ANROWS was established under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022 with a remit that includes leading efforts to build the research base on prevention and response to domestic and family violence and sexual assault, nationally.

In this context, ANROWS has produced Australia’s National Research Agenda to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children (ANRA) 2020-2022 on behalf of its funders and primary stakeholders, the Australian Government and the state and territory governments of Australia. It replaces the national research agenda produced by ANROWS in 2014.

ANRA 2020-2022 provides a framework for, and guidance on, priority areas of research and research topics for academics, researchers, research funding bodies and governments across Australia. Its aim is to encourage the production of evidence needed for national policy and systems-level practice design in preventing and responding to violence against women (VAW) and their children, regardless of the source of funding for the research. In partnership with its funders, ANROWS identified research priorities from ANRA 2020-2022 for the 2020-2022 ANROWS Core Grant Research Program.

Implementation of ANRA will be monitored through an ANROWS Register of Active Research (RAR) addressing topics identified in ANRA 2020-2022.

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