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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.


Knowledge transfer and exchange

ANROWS host activities as part of its knowledge transfer and exchange (KTE) 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.


Knowledge translation 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.

Core research

Since the National Plan was implemented, ANROWS has been building the evidence base for what is effective in identifying, and responding to, violence against women and children.

We know that there are still areas where systems do not work effectively for victim/survivors, particularly those that experience multiple forms of disadvantage.

Our core research spans domestic, family and sexual violence and recognises the diversity of women’s experiences in order to provide guidance to policy-makers and practitioners on better ways forward.

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National risk assessment principles for family and domestic violence

Cherie Toivonen & Corina Backhouse

Completed July 2018

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Domestic violence, social security law and the couple rule

Dr Lyndal Sleep

Completed July 2019

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Preventing gender-based violence in inpatient mental health units

Dr Juliet Watson

Completed January 2020

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Transforming legal understandings of intimate partner violence

Ms Stella Tarrant

Completed June 2019

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Lead author
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Women, disability and violence: Creating access to justice

A/Prof. JaneMaree Maher

Completed April 2018

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