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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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News and events

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.

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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.

Action research and evaluation

Action research is a method that helps to better understand specific social issues, and to find out what works and what can be improved in community projects and practice.

Action research is a collaborative process – encouraging participants, practitioners and community members to contribute to the design, implementation and evaluation of the project. The active participation of diverse communities promotes innovative, empowering and context-specific solutions to issues in the community.

Action research works in a cycle of planning, acting, observing and reflecting. This cycle can be repeated as many times as you choose, with the reflections from the previous cycle informing the planning of the next project cycle. This gives practitioners the opportunity to test and refine their approach to find what works best (Wicks, Reason, & Bradbury, 2008).


Action research resources

ANROWS has compiled a selection of resources for researchers, community workers and others working on action research projects, including webinars, evaluation tools, guides to ethical research, and other related links.

Action research examples
Perpetrator interventions, Integrated systems

Improved accountability – the role of the perpetrator intervention systems

Prof Donna Chung, Curtin University

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Perpetrator interventions, Workforce capacity, Service responses

Invisible practices: Intervention with fathers who use violence

Prof Cathy Humphreys, University of Melbourne

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Adolescent violence, Perpetrator interventions, Service responses

The PIPA project: Positive interventions for perpetrators of adolescent violence in the home (AVITH)

Ms Elena Campbell, RMIT University

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Young people, Prevention

Young people as agents of change in preventing violence against women

Dr Karen Struthers, Griffith University (Early Career Researcher)

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Trauma, Service responses

Kungas’ trauma experiences and effects on behaviour in Central Australia

Ms Miriam Bevis, North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency

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Child protection, Service responses

The PATRICIA Project: Pathways And Research In Collaborative Inter-Agency working

Professor Cathy Humphreys, Professor of Social Work, Department of Social Work, University of Melbourne

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References

Gaya Wicks, PC., Reason, P., & Bradbury, H. (2008). Living Inquiry: Personal, political and philosophical groundings of Action Research Practice. In P. Reason, & H. Bradbury (Eds.), Handbook of Action Research, Second Edition (pp. 15 – 30). SAGE Publications Ltd.

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