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Our research

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 – TAS project summaries


Creating Safe Culturally Diverse Communities (ARS Project 2)

Migrant Resource Centre

Project contact: Beth Lord, Senior Project Officer

This project is supporting culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities to reduce violence through identifying issues, increasing knowledge and service access, and community commitment to reducing violence. This is occurring through:

  • Bicultural community consultant training in gender equity and domestic violence
  • Action research to identify issues and appropriate responses specific to each target cultural group
  • Workshops/training/round table discussions with community groups and service providers to provide shared insights and increase preparedness to respond

Our Community Talks, Listens and Acts (ARS Project 3)

Colony 47 Inc.

Project contact: Colleen Breheney

The project aims to work with the community of Ravenswood, Launceston to support them in taking positive action and look at ways that could reduce family violence in their suburb. The program has analysed data from information collected that has been fed back into the community to develop practical and sustainable projects to create attitudinal change and break the cycle of family violence.

To date a group of volunteer advocates are working on a number of projects including the launch of an anti-violence banner made from contributions from many in the community, emergency bags for women and children, and guest speakers on various topics. The program also works with the local school to create awareness about family violence through song. 

Dads for Kids project (ARS Project 4)

The Salvation Army

Project contacts: Don McCrae and Nell Kuilenberg

In partnership with the University of Tasmania, The Salvation Army will undertake an action research project- ‘DADS for KIDS’ which will source multi-purpose resources culminating in a flexible ‘training module’ in consultation with key stakeholders and the community which aims to increase awareness of the impact of men’s violence on children. As part of the training module, a multimedia film clip will also be developed for different media platforms including television commercials, web-based services and social media.

The UTAS researcher, Don McCrae will facilitate an action research process with key stakeholders, supervised by the UTAS project research team, with the aim of identifying best practice training resources that address the puzzle of how to engage and educate men who are users of violence, to work with men in a non-discriminatory way and to increase safety of children. 


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