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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.

In Conversation with Leigh Goodmark

In Conversation with Leigh Goodmark

  • 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Wednesday, 4th December 2019 - Wednesday, 4th December 2019
  • Banco Court, Supreme and District Courts, 415 George St Brisbane City, Qld 4000

Join Professor Goodmark, Director of the Gender Violence Clinic at the University of Maryland’s Carey School of Law, in conversation with the ABC’s Paul Barclay as they discuss her new book, Decriminalizing domestic violence: A balanced policy approach to intimate partner violence.

The book challenges readers to understand intimate partner violence not only as a criminal law concern but as an economic, public health, community, and human rights problem.

In the book, Professor Goodmark explores the ways the criminal legal system can harm those who are subjected to abuse and, instead of reducing the problem, drive intimate partner violence. Her research examines how resources are diverted into a criminal legal apparatus that is often unable to deliver justice or safety, and is failing to prevent violence from happening in the first place. She suggests that a more robust approach is needed to help address this problem.

Paul Barclay is a broadcaster and Walkley Award-winning journalist. His interview with Leigh Goodmark will be broadcast as part of ABC Radio National’s Big Ideas.

This event has been organised by ANROWS in partnership with the University of Queensland’s School of Law.


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