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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.


Evidence to action:
legal understandings of intimate partner violence

ANROWS Notepad | 11 July 2019

Evidence to action: Seminar on transforming legal understandings of IPV

Legal professionals can now access slides from a seminar held on June 28, which presented new findings on legal understandings of intimate partner violence (IPV).

In partnership with the Criminal Lawyers Association, ANROWS hosted a CPD-accredited seminar about transforming legal understandings of intimate partner violence. This seminar brought together researchers, practitioners with expertise in the area, and industry professionals to discuss misconceptions of IPV and the impacts these can have.

The seminar explored homicide trials in which self-defence is raised by women who have killed an abusive intimate partner.

Professor Julia Tolmie (University of Auckland) spoke about the way legal professionals and experts understand intimate partner violence, and how these views influence the selection and perceptions of facts presented in a case. Associate Professor Stella Tarrant (University of Western Australia) explored the historical common laws of self-defence and marriage, and how those frameworks—despite reform—still influence the operation of self-defence law.

They were joined by solicitor George Giudice, who has defended numerous women charged with killing their abusive partners.

Watch out for a forthcoming video of the seminar, as well as a podcast with the researchers. Meanwhile, hear more from Professor Tolmie in a lecture, ‘Explaining why we are convicting women we might otherwise be burying’.

Upcoming Webinar

Attitudes to violence against women among people from non-English speaking countries

Thursday 18 July 2019, 11am-12pm AEST

Join ANROWS and a panel of experts to discuss:

  • new research exploring the attitudes of people born in non-English speaking countries towards gender equality and violence against women.
  • ways of working collaboratively with communities to address these issues.

The conversation will draw on the 2017 National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey (NCAS), conducted by ANROWS.

This free webinar is designed for:

  • those working with, and leaders of, migrant and refugee communities
  • practitioners and policy-makers working with and for migrant communities.

Register here.

Upcoming Webinar

Domestic violence, social security and the “couple rule”

ANROWS and Griffith University welcome policy-makers and practitioners to this free webinar on the “couple rule”.

Centrelink uses “the couple rule” to determine whether a person should be considered a member of a couple for social security purposes. For women attempting to leave a violent partner, the couple rule can cause difficulty.

Register for this webinar (accredited for CPD with the AASW) to learn more about new research into how the couple rule affects women experiencing domestic violence, and hear what the research recommends for policy and practice.

NSW Queer Voices for Change seeks advocates

Do you identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer (LGBTIQ)? Do you have a lived experience of intimate partner violence and/or family violence and/or sexual assault? Are you interested in working to prevent violence by sharing a personal story in a supported way?

ACON are calling for LGBTIQ advocates to speak out against sexual, domestic and family violence. Express your interest here.

New research & resources


Rivas C, Vigurs  C, Cameron  J, Yeo  L. (2019). A realist review of which advocacy interventions work for which abused women under what circumstances. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 6.

Bullen, J. (2019). Didn’t feel heard, didn’t think I had a voice, didn’t feel safe: Gender responsive strategies for assisting women experiencing long-term and recurrent homelessness. Crows Nest, NSW: The Mercy Foundation.

Dean, A. (2019). Elder abuse: Key issues and emerging evidence, Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Kyja Noack-Lundberg, Pranee Liamputtong, Brahm Marjadi, Jane Ussher, Janette Perz, Virginia Schmied, Tinashe Dune & Eloise Brook (2019). Sexual violence and safety: the narratives of transwomen in online forums. Culture, Health & Sexuality, DOI: 10.1080/13691058.2019.1627420.

Chisnell, C., Peter, S., Merchant, R., Luscombe, T., Tua, J. (2019). Couples-based approach to prevention of domestic violence: An innovative initiative in Aotearoa New Zealand. Social Work and Policy Studies: Social Justice, Practice and Theory, 2(1).

Fiolet, R., Tarzia, L., Hameed, M., Hegarty, K. (2019). Indigenous Peoples’ Help-Seeking Behaviors for Family Violence: A Scoping Review. Trauma, Violence & Abuse.

Jewkes, R. & Dartnall, E. (2019). More research is needed on digital technologies in violence against women. The Lancet Public Health, 4(6).

Mousaco, S., Tarzia, L., Forsdike, K., Hegarty, K. (2019).‘No one teaches us how to deal with this’: General practitioners’ experiences of working with men who use violence in relationships. Australian Journal of General Practice, 48(7).

Haj-Yahia, M. M., Hassan, N., Malka, M., & Sokar, S. (2019). Exposure to Family Violence in Childhood, Self-Efficacy, and Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms in Young Adulthood. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260519860080

Peña, C. (2019). Trauma Abounds: A Case for Trauma-Informed Lawyering. UCLA Women’s Law Journal.

Weatherall, R. (2019). Even when those struggles are not our own: Storytelling and solidarity in a feminist social justice organisation. Gender, Work & Organization. https://doi.org/10.1111/gwao.12386


Language Guide to Trans and Gender Diverse Inclusion

AWAVA Brochure: The Unique Role of Specialist Women’s Services in Ending Violence against Women

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