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Our research

Violence against women and 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.


News and events

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.

Fourth Action Plan research

ANROWS is leading the program of research to be delivered under the Fourth Action Plan (4AP) of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 20102022, funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.

The purpose of this program of research is to continue to produce, disseminate and assist in applying evidence for policy and practice to address violence against women and their children.

The 4AP program of research responds to five priority areas that represent the range of responses needed to tackle domestic, family and sexual violence, from primary prevention to improving service and support systems:

  • Research priority 1: Primary prevention is key.
  • Research priority 2: Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children.
  • Research priority 3: Respect, listen and respond to the diverse lived experience and knowledge of women and their children affected by violence.
  • Research priority 4: Respond to sexual violence and harassment.
  • Research priority 5: Improving support and service system responses to domestic and family violence.
Project number
Project name
Lead author
Commencement date

Pathways to intimate partner homicide

Hayley Boxall

Completed February 2022

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Australian Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Network national data update

Australian Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Network and ANROWS

Commenced September 2020

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