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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.

Local Evidence to Action & Local Action as Evidence Forum

ARS Workshops – “Stories from the Field”

Report Launch and Findings Showcase February 2018

The ANROWS team hosted a public forum in Sydney, on 23 February 2018, to launch and present the findings from Evidence to action and local action as evidence: Findings from the Building Safe Communities for Women and their Children Action Research Support Initiative report.

130 participants from communities across Australia gathered to showcase the successes and challenges encountered by local communities working to end violence against women.

Forum presentations

Evidence to Action & Local Action as Evidence: Action Research and Preventing Violence Against Women and their children Elizabeth Orr – Project Leader (Action Research), ANROWS

Theme 1: Collective impact & intersectional approaches

Theme 2: Engaging men in PVAW

Theme 3: Working with priority populations


Workshop Three June 2017

Held in Alice Springs, 29-30 June 2017, the third Action Research workshop provided opportunities for practitioners to share their project learnings, challenges and findings with a diverse range of projects from across Australia and to building their knowledge and understanding regarding promising practices and approaches to building safe communities for women and their children. The workshop Report provides an overview of the workshop activities and presentations.

Workshop Three presentations

Day 1
Day 2


Workshop Two Nov-Dec 2016

The ANROWS Action Research Support (ARS) team recently facilitated the second round of Action Research Support workshops for the Building Safe Communities for Women and their Children (BSCW) projects. Workshops were held on both the West coast (Perth) on 14 & 15 November and the East coast (Brisbane) on 1 & 2 December 2016. Eighteen participants representing 11 projects attended the two day Action Research Support workshop in Perth and 34 participants representing 22 projects attended the Brisbane workshop.

Sample BSCW Project Story / Liz Orr, ANROWS Action Research Support

Action Research Support case studies

Workshop Two presentations


Workshop One 6-7 June 2016

On Monday 6 & Tuesday 7 June, ANROWS held a national workshop as part of its Action Research Support (ARS) project. Thirty-seven people, representing 24 projects from across Australia, attended the workshop, which aimed to support the planning and implementation of the action research aspects of their projects. Aunty Georgina Williams, senior Elder of the Kaurna people, welcomed the participants.

Workshop 1 Schedule 6-7 June 2016

Workshop presentations

For more information see Action Research Support Resources

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