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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.

Webinar: New survey questions and new evidence: What does the 2021 National Community Attitudes towards Violence Against Women Survey tell us?

Webinar: New survey questions and new evidence: What does the 2021 National Community Attitudes towards Violence Against Women Survey tell us?

  • 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm, Wednesday, 5th April 2023
  • Webinar - AEST

The 2021 National Community Attitudes towards Violence Against Women Survey (NCAS) report was published in March 2023. The findings from this large-scale survey tell us how well Australians understand violence against women, how much they support gender equality, how strongly they condone or reject violence against women, and whether this has changed over time.

Focused on a discussion of the 2021 NCAS findings, this webinar unpacks what is new about the 2021 NCAS, including new and revised survey questions and ways of analysing the findings. Panellists will also discuss how the 2021 NCAS can be used to inform policy and practice, and how attitudes and understanding relate to people’s experiences of violence as identified in the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Personal Safety Survey.

This discussion will be critical for anyone wanting to understand and prevent violence against women.

This discussion will be facilitated by Padma Raman PSM (CEO, ANROWS) with:

  • Dr Nicole Weeks, NCAS Manager, ANROWS
  • Eloise Layard, Manager, LGBTQ+ Health Programs, Community Health, ACON
  • Carolyn Wilkes, eSafety Manager, Womens Programs, Education, Prevention & Inclusion Branch
  • Kristin Diemer, Associate Professor, University of Melbourne

Enquiries: rachel.pow@anrows.org.au

Disclaimer: ANROWS webinars bring together a diverse range of speakers on a particular topic, informed by the evidence base, lived expertise, and policy and practice knowledge. The views expressed by speakers or other third parties in ANROWS webinars and any subsequent materials are those of the speaker or third party and not, necessarily, of ANROWS.


Dr Nicole Weeks
Dr Nicole Weeks has been working on the NCAS Research Program at ANROWS for almost two years as Senior Research Officer and recently as Manager. Nicole is a research and evaluation psychologist and has research experience in a variety of fields, including women’s safety, parenting, childcare, family resilience, motivation, decision-making and defence. Nicole also has some experience running community interventions. Nicole wants to make the world a better place and is passionate about reimagining a world of equality and respect.

Carolyn Wilkes
Carolyn Wilkes is a manager in the Women’s Programs team at the Office of the eSafety Commissioner. eSafety provides a wide range of resources and training focused on preventing and responding to technology-facilitated gender-based violence. Prior to joining eSafety in early 2022, Carolyn worked for 11 years on disability policy and programs in the Department of Social Services. Earlier roles were in local government community development and in the non-government sector

Eloise Layard
Eloise Layard (she/her) is ACON’s Manager of LGBTQ+ Health Programs, Community Health. ACON is Australia’s largest health organisation specialising in community health, inclusion and HIV responses for people of diverse sexualities and genders. Eloise manages ACON’s Sexual, Domestic and Family Violence Program (including Primary Prevention of Violence), as well as ACON’s Safety, Inclusion and Justice, Ageing, and Disability programs. Eloise is a member of a number of NSW and national advisory groups including the National Plan Advisory Group.

Kristin Diemer
Kristin Diemer is an associate professor at the University of Melbourne. Kristin co-leads the kNOwVAWdata global course for training and capacity building on measurement of VAW. Kristin has published four volumes of the first ever multi-indicator administrative data trend analysis. She has also worked on Victorian law reform commissions to remove the homicide defense of provocation, improve prosecution of sexual offences and reform domestic and family violence laws. Gender equality and accountability for men who use violence are the principles at the centre of her research program. Kristin has extensive experience leading multi-national, multidisciplinary research teams and is a global leader in applied research and knowledge exchange for policy and practice implementation. Kristin holds a range of national and international expert advisory roles. These include roles on the expert advisory panels for the National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey (NCAS) (since 2014) and the Australian Bureau of Statistics – Personal Safety Survey (PSS) (since 2013).


Padma Raman
Padma Raman PSM has a wealth of experience as a senior executive at both the state and federal level. In 2018, Padma was awarded the Public Service Medal for outstanding service leading significant cultural, technological and governance change. Before starting as Chief Executive Officer of ANROWS, she was Chief Executive of the Australian Human Rights Commission for 11 years. Prior to that she established the Victorian Law Reform Commission, where she was Chief Executive Officer for nine years. During that time, Padma was a member of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission and was instrumental in assisting the Victorian Government to develop and implement the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006.


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