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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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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.

ANROWS Public Lecture with Professor Leigh Goodmark (Melbourne)

  • 9:30 am - 11:00 am, Friday, 14th August 2015
  • Theatrette, State Library of Victoria. 328 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Opening address by Fiona Richardson, Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, Victorian Government.

In a partnership with the University of Queensland, Professor Goodmark received funding under the Fulbright Specialist Program to come to Australia to discuss her research and practice experience.

Professor Goodmark will deliver an ANROWS public lecture in Melbourne focusing on domestic violence and the justice system; key themes in her book A Troubled Marriage: Domestic Violence and the Legal System

“Reconstructing the legal response to domestic violence will make the legal system a more viable alternative for many women. For other women, however, redress from within the justice system will continue to prove elusive, because the justice system cannot provide them with what they need or because they are unwilling to invite state intervention into their lives. Those women need a remedy beyond the law. Justice beyond the justice system…” (Goodmark, 2013, p. 178)

In this public lecture, Professor Leigh Goodmark will focus on:

  • the development of the legal system’s response to domestic violence in the United States;
  • why that response has proven problematic and challenging for many women;
  • the need to revaluate the legal system’s responsiveness to the complex and variable needs of women subjected to abuse; and
  • what a better system may look like.

Professor Goodmark will reflect on, and respond to questions about, how her analysis may be applied to the Australian legal system context.

RSVP via Eventbrite essential | Please note: doors open at 9.00am (morning tea on arrival) for a strict 9.30am start.


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