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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.


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.


Action Research Support – QLD project summaries



Living Together, Living Safely (ARS project 19)

ACCESS Community Services Limited

Project contact: Chantal Gallant

The project was developed with outcomes in mind that would empower CALD communities, improve cohesion among organisations and communities and build capacity solutions to reduce violence against women. There are four main components to this project: Regional Summit; Blueprint for Action; Community Resilience Strategy; and Best Practice Toolkit.

The Community Resilience Strategy (CRS), which is the baseline of the project, strives to build sector capacity and include CALD community leaders and active members to promote awareness of DFV within their communities. An action research methodology has been implemented for this section of the project to capture learnings and findings that will inform best practices. The CRS investigates if a multicultural workforce can effectively connect CALD communities to DFV support services.

Community Champions Ending Violence Against Women (ARS project 20)

Cairns Regional Domestic Violence Service

Project contact: Sandi

This project is a federally funded leadership program aimed at engaging broader community members, business and local community organisations and groups in creating and nurturing a culture of intolerance towards domestic violence.

The project aims to engage the broader community in an effort to help clubs, organisations and businesses navigate what they can and might do as bystanders to address domestic and family violence in a way that is practical, supportive and safer for everybody. The project is across three communities in Tropical North Queensland including Cairns, the Tablelands and Innisfail.

Partnerships include community groups, sporting clubs, small business and religious organisations – not your ‘usual suspects’.

Act Local (ARS Project 21)

Save the Children

Project Contact: Kylie Robertson

The project aims to mobilise six communities (Bainsdale, Kununurra, Palmerston, Gayndah/Munduberra, Normanton and Doomadgee) to develop a local Domestic and Family Violence action plan. Plans will include practical actions to increase community awareness, engage local resources to prevent and intervene and improve connections between service providers.

Partnerships include Community Elders and Leaders, community members, health and community service providers, police, schools, local government and business.

#R4Respect (ARS project 22)


Project contact: Grace Williams

YFS and a wide range of partner organisations will support 12 youth ambassadors from diverse backgrounds to design and implement digital communication strategies, peer education and events that inform young people on how to “draw the line” on abusive and offensive behaviour that contributes to domestic violence.

“Don’t Be a Bad Apple” – youth-generated animated clips. Young people in Logan City who are leading discussions and actions towards ending gender-based violence in their region, have teamed up with Griffith Film School to produce a series of animated clips that challenge harmful behaviours in relationships.

Links to projects in other states:

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