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ANROWS to fund new research into violence against women

Thursday, 31st August 2017

The impact of gambling on domestic violence, the safety of mothers and children with disabilities, and services for immigrant and refugee women experiencing violence are among the areas of study that Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) announced today in the new funding round.

These projects are among the ten ANROWS is launching today from the Research Priorities (2017-2020) grants round. These ten projects total $1.75 million in funding and will include research partners from every Australian state.

The grants will also fund research that aims to reshape judicial understandings of intimate partner violence, and how electronic health records can be harnessed to identify and help support women and children at risk of violence.

ANROWS Chair Emeritus Professor Anne Edwards said the projects were an ambitious and far-reaching program that encompassed a range of practice contexts, topics, and jurisdictions involving a diverse group of researchers and research partnerships.

“ANROWS is proud to fund these important research projects, and we look forward to seeing their influence on policy and practice to help stop violence against women and their children”, Edwards said.

The projects will be delivered over the next two years, with each addressing a key gap in current evidence on the experience of violence and the prevention and response to violence against women. Research teams include members from universities and other research organisations, service and community organisations, and peak bodies.

ANROWS CEO Dr Heather Nancarrow said the program of research would support the implementation of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 and reflects the priorities of the National Plan’s Third Action Plan.

“These projects demonstrate ANROWS’s leadership and capacity-building functions, with four projects being led by early career researchers and one, Child-at-risk electronic medical record alert, being led by a service provider.”

These ten new projects join the 22 funded under ANROWS’s 2014-2017 Research Priorities, and the 13 projects funded under its 2017 Perpetrator Interventions Research Stream grants round.

The projects reflect ANROWS’s commitment to engaging with priority populations and ensuring that all research is done in a way that is effective, sensitive and appropriate for the communities that are participating in the studies. Priority populations addressed in these projects include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women; Culturally and Linguistically Diverse women; older women; women with disability; women who are, or have been, incarcerated; LGBTIQ women; and women who live in rural and remote areas.

Additional projects from this funding round will be announced later in the year.

For more information on ANROWS and the 2017-2020 Research Priorities grants round, visit the ANROWS website.

Media enquiries:                Michele Robinson, ANROWS Director Evidence to Action

                                           Phone: +61 417 780 556     Email: [email protected]

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