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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.

Webinar: Systems, access, evidence: migrant and refugee women experiencing domestic and family violence

Webinar: Systems, access, evidence: migrant and refugee women experiencing domestic and family violence

  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Monday, 30th August 2021 - Monday, 30th August 2021
  • Webinar - AEST

Over recent years there has been increasing advocacy and research which highlights the diversity of migrant and refugee women’s experiences of domestic and family violence (DFV). The evidence base documents important issues related to access and equity across the various systems responding to violence against women.

The expert panel discusses the ways in which engagement with these systems is a critical element of addressing DFV in all its forms. The panel also unpacks what the evidence suggests for working towards an ambitious and innovative national agenda to secure the safety of all women.

The discussion is facilitated by Padma Raman (ANROWS) with:

  • Dr Sana Ashraf, Harmony Alliance: Migrant and Refugee Women for Change
  • Kylie McGrath, Refugee and Immigration Legal Service
  • Ela Stewart, inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence
  • Associate Professor Marie Segrave, Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre/Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre

There will also be a live Q&A.

This webinar is designed for:

  • policymakers, practice design decision-makers, practitioners and researchers working in domestic and family violence, in particular those working with migrant and refugee women.

The recording of the webinar is now available with captions.

Enquiries: rachel.pow@anrows.org.au and janice.yeung@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 Sana Ashraf
Dr Sana Ashraf is Senior Policy Officer at Harmony Alliance: Migrant and Refugee Women for Change. Sana has a PhD in Anthropology from the Australian National University and has previously worked as a Research Officer on various Gender and Development projects at the Crawford School of Public Policy. Sana’s doctoral research focussed on intersections of gender, religion, legality, nationalism, and violence. She brings her strong research and analytical skills to policy and advocacy work. As a social and public policy professional, she is particularly interested in issues of gender, intersectionality, multiculturalism, identity and representation.

Kylie McGrath
Kylie has worked in the field of refugee and immigration law for close to fifteen years. Much of her work has been with women who have experienced family violence. As a lawyer at the Refugee and Immigration Legal Service in Queensland, Kylie worked with women making permanent partner visa applications based on their experiences of family violence, women who feared family violence on return to their countries of origin and women seeking advice on the impact of family violence on their visa status. Kylie is now the Principal Solicitor and Acting Executive Director of that service. Kylie has also worked in the fields of mental health and disability law, as well as in community development, disaster recovery and project management roles.

Ela Stewart
Ela has been the Policy Officer at inTouch since March 2019. In this role, Ela focuses on advocacy, research, analysis, consultation, and the development of responses to emerging policy issues that impact migrant and refugee communities in the area of family violence. She represents inTouch at a range of state-based and national networks and working groups.

Prior to this role, Ela worked in the community legal sector coordinating social policy initiatives as well as developing and implementing community education programs, focusing specifically on access to justice for hard-to-reach communities. Ela also has a background in the tertiary education sector, having worked as a researcher and teacher in politics and history at Monash University.

Associate Professor Marie Segrave
Marie Segrave is an Associate Professor in Criminology and the Head of School for the School of Social Sciences at Monash University. Marie is a lead researcher across two research centres: Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre and Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre. Her research has focused largely on the connection between border control, migration and exploitation and abuse. She works closely with MGFVPC on major domestic and family violence projects, has led research across ASEAN for UN Women and ILO on gendered violence, and has led three major research projects that have explored the intersection of domestic and family violence with migration systems and policies in Australia, with a focus on temporary migration.

Facilitated by:

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


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