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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.

Assessing risk and promoting safety forum: Using the NRAP

Assessing risk and promoting safety forum: Using the NRAP

  • 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Thursday, 28th March 2019
  • Darwin International Tennis Centre

This forum will provide participants with an understanding of how different jurisdictions and organisations across Australia have approached domestic and family violence (DFV) risk assessment and management. The forum will highlight how the National Risk Assessment Principles (NRAP), produced by ANROWS in 2018 and funded by the Australia Government, Department of Social Services, can be used to support the roll-out or review of risk assessment and management approaches.

An international perspective will be provided by Professor Myrna Dawson who will discuss death review mechanisms and their role in enhancing domestic violence risk assessment and management practices, in light of the release of the Australian Domestic Violence Death Review Network’s recent report.

You’ll hear from academics, practitioners and policy-makers about:

  • what we know about DFV risk assessment and management, including high risk indicators
    (Prof. JaneMaree Maher – Monash University, Melbourne);
  • a practical, local approach to using the NRAP to inform risk assessment practices
    (Panel discussion with Bernadette Wombo, Coordinator – Gunbalanya Safe House, Adrian McCann, Manager, Community Services – West Arnhem Regional Council and Sam Bowden, NGO Project Freelancer)
  • lessons from Queensland’s Integrated Service Responses to Domestic and Family Violence model
    (A/Prof. Kathleen Baird – Griffith University, Queensland); and
  • how national death review mechanisms can inform risk assessment practices (Prof. Myrna Dawson – University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada).

Who should attend?

  • Policy-makers looking to implement common or jurisdiction-wide approaches to DFV risk assessment and management
  • DFV practitioners looking to strengthen their understandings of good practice risk assessment and management
  • Health, justice and education services looking to enhance knowledge of domestic and family violence risk and safety management

Morning tea and lunch will be provided.


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