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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.


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ANROWS host events as part of its knowledge translation and exchange work, including public lectures, workshops and research launches. Details of upcoming ANROWS, and stakeholder events, along with sector news is 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.



ANROWS acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land across Australia on which we work and live. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elders past, present and future; and we value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and knowledge.


Reconciliation Action Plan activities in 2018

Since its establishment, ANROWS has been committed to reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Our reconciliation journey began with a plan of action in 2014-15 and continued through an Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan for the period January 2016 to December 2017.

ANROWS’s Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan, July 2019-July 2021 renews ANROWS’s ongoing commitment to working towards a reconciled, just and equitable Australia and is currently under review.

In the interim, the following 2018 activities demonstrate our desire to continue to build sustainable relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, communities and Elders.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership


ANROWS is committed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership to prevent and respond to family violence, including through:

  • the Warawarni-gu Guma statement delivered at the 2nd National Research Conference in May 2018 by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders and researchers, which takes a strength-based approach, values strong representation, commits to co-design with communities and prioritises transparency in data collection;
  • a national Practitioner Engagement Group, including four Aboriginal people with practice expertise on violence against women in First Australian communities; and
  • identified positions on the ANROWS board, currently filled by Professor Vickie Hovane, an Aboriginal woman, who belongs to the Ngarluma, Gija and Gooniyandi peoples from the Kimberley, Western Australia; and Edward Mosby, a Torres Strait Islander man from Thursday Island.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research

The first ANROWS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Stream grant round was open from December 2017 to February 2018

Two innovative research projects are currently being funded under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Stream, including the Improving Family Violence Legal and Support Services for Indigenous Women project, and Understanding the role of law and culture in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities in responding to and preventing family violence

As we embed the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) National Research Guidelines on the Ethical Conduct of Research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities (2018), and the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Guidelines for Ethical Research Practice (2012) into our research, we are working with research institutions to include shared Intellectual Property clauses in our contracts for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research.

In July 2018, ANROWS published Resources to address violence against women in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities, as a special collection.


ANROWS is privileged to be a part of collaborations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities, including:

  • engaging with the Tangenterye Women’s Family Safety Group in the Northern Territory to administer a grant from the Luke Batty Foundation; and
  • consulting with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other scholars to hold a workshop in 2019 to discuss data sovereignty.



Warawarni-gu Guma Statement


Research paper

Resources to address violence against women in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, July 2018


Research Paper

Innovative models in addressing violence against Indigenous women: Key findings and future directions



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