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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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Knowledge transfer and exchange

ANROWS host activities as part of its knowledge transfer and exchange (KTE) work, including public lectures, workshops and research launches. Details of upcoming ANROWS activities and news are available from the list on the right.

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About ANROWS

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.

KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER

Knowledge translation resources

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.


WELCOME TO OUR NEW CEO

Padma Raman PSM joins ANROWS

On Monday 12 June, ANROWS welcomed its incoming CEO, Padma Raman PSM.

Ms Raman, awarded the Public Service Medal in 2018, has a wealth of experience as a senior executive at both state and federal levels, and comes to ANROWS having spent the past 11 years as chief executive of the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC).

Prior to her position with the AHRC, Ms Raman established and was chief executive officer of the Victorian Law Reform Commission for nine years, and she has a master of laws by research focusing on the experiences of immigrant and Indigenous women under the Australian legal system.

Upon the announcement of her appointment in the role, Ms Raman said she felt honoured to take it up. “At a time when women’s safety and gender equality is receiving the attention it needs, I look forward to leading and contributing to the national conversation and to finding solutions to reduce violence against women.”

ANROWS staff look forward to working under Ms Raman’s leadership to the close of the current National Plan, and beyond.

ANROWS CONFERENCE “ON DEMAND” RECORDINGS NOW AVAILABLE

If you missed the “Evidence in Action”, you can now catch up

In March 2021, more than 850 delegates joined ANROWS for its online research conference, “Evidence in Action”. Over five days an impressive line-up of panellists explored how policymakers, practice designers and practitioners are using evidence to understand, respond to and prevent violence against women and their children.

For those who missed out on the event, we have good news: you can now register to gain access to the conference platform, and catch up on all of the action!

This registration costs $75 (excl. GST) and gives you the opportunity to watch, at a time that suits you, all of the conference workshops, solution sessions, panel discussions and case studies, as well as Nadine Wathen’s keynote address, “Mobilizing knowledge for wicked problems: Lessons learned from gender-based violence research”. Access will remain open until March 2022.

A reminder for those who were in attendance at the conference: the conference platform continues to be available to you, and will remain so until March 2022.

 

SIGN UP HERE

ANROWS, AIFS & AIC WEBINAR RECORDING

The power in understanding patterns of coercive control

“What survivors have said is having the coercive and controlling behaviours listed with the direct impacts of these behaviours on her and kids provide her and us [practitioners] with clarity. We are together with her, joining the dots between his patterns of behaviour and all the ways these behaviours have been destructive to their lives.” Jackie Wruck, crisis practitioner, Centre Against Domestic Abuse

On Wednesday 23 June, ANROWS – in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) and the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) – presented a webinar exploring how services can support women to voice their experiences of the impacts of coercive control and to respond to their partners’ behaviours.

Domestic and family violence service responses often place physical and sexual violence above other forms of violence in terms of risk and potential for harm. Minimising the harm caused by non-physical forms of violence can negatively affect service responses for victims and survivors.

“The power in understanding patterns of coercive control” featured an impressive panel that investigated ways services can use the language of coercive control to support women to expose patterns of abusive behaviour, and the webinar recording is now available through the ANROWS website. The recording also includes an extended Q&A session.

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Opportunities

BREACHES OF FAMILY LAW PARENTING ORDERS: SURVEY

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) has been commissioned by ANROWS to undertake research in relation to the compliance with and enforcement of family law parenting orders. The research will involve multiple studies, including a survey of parents and carers.

Parents or carers who have had family law parenting orders made in the past five years are invited to participate in this survey. We also encourage you to share this information with your client base if you feel that it would be of interest.

This research will help us to understand whether parents comply with parenting orders, how the enforcement process in the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) operates, and how well it works. You can take the survey through the AIFS website: there is one version for parents and carers within Western Australia, and another version for those in the rest of the country.

 

 

THE NEXT NATIONAL PLAN: PUBLIC CONSULTATION

The next National Plan to address violence against women and their children is currently being developed by the Australian Government, with the existing National Plan drawing to a close in June 2022. As with the current National Plan, the next National Plan will coordinate the efforts of governments, organisations and individuals across Australia to reduce family, domestic and sexual violence.

A public consultation, run by the Department of Social Services in partnership with the Office for Women, is currently underway, and individuals and organisations across the nation are invited to have their say.

Feedback is encouraged from family safety advocates, organisations, people with lived experience of violence, researchers, service providers, frontline first responders, businesses, state and local governments, and the public. The consultation period ends on 31 July 2021.

HAVE YOUR SAY

 

 

SUCCESSOR PLAN TO THE NATIONAL FRAMEWORK FOR PROTECTING AUSTRALIA’S CHILDREN 2009–2020: ONLINE CONSULTATION

The Australian Government is currently working with state and territory governments and additional stakeholders to develop the successor plan to the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009–2020, which concluded in June 2021 (extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic).

This successor plan will focus on priority groups, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people, and will provide an opportunity for all governments and the non-government sector to deliver improved outcomes for disadvantaged and vulnerable children and families.

The Australian Government Department of Social Services is undertaking a public consultation for individuals and organisations around Australia, and invites families, children, young people, foster and kinship carers, government and non-government organisations, and individuals with a particular interest in child protection, child safety and child wellbeing to have their say in the development of the successor plan’s first five-year implementation plan.

Online consultation closes at 5:00 pm on 26 July 2021. To have your say, visit the DSS website.

 

 

PRIMARY HEALTH CARE AND DOMESTIC AND FAMILY VIOLENCE: SURVEY

As the Australian Government develops the next National Plan to address violence against women and their children, the Department of Health is seeking your views on the role of primary health care in responding to domestic and family violence. The responses to this survey will feed into the next round of consultations for the National Plan.

The survey closes on 30 July 2021.

TAKE THE SURVEY

 

 

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN DOMESTIC AND GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE RESEARCH

The University of Melbourne is now offering a graduate certificate in domestic and gender-based violence research and practice. The year-long course is designed for professionals working in research, policy or government roles wishing to extend their research skills in gender-based violence.

For more information, visit the University of Melbourne website.

 

 

AUDIT: POLICE RESPONSES TO DOMESTIC AND FAMILY VIOLENCE

The Audit Office of New South Wales is welcoming contributions to their assessment of the effectiveness of the NSW Police Force’s responses to domestic and family violence. The audit will respond to the following questions:

  1. Does the NSW Police Force effectively conduct capability planning for responding to domestic and family violence and supporting victim-survivors?
  2. Has the NSW Police Force effectively resourced its approach to respond to domestic and family violence and support victim-survivors with the required capability?
  3. Is the effectiveness of domestic and family violence policing and NSW Police Force support to victim-survivors improving over time?

Contributions are confidential and will be accepted until 30 September 2021.

FIND OUT MORE

New research and resources

You can access the resources in this list, and all of the other articles in Notepad, in the ANROWS Library.

 

Books and reports

Harmony Alliance. (2021). Situation analysis: Migrant and refugee women’s experiences of policing and good practice in police responses. Harmony Alliance. http://harmonyalliance.org.au/publications/ 

Segrave, M., Wickes, R., & Keel, C. (2021). Migrant and refugee women in Australia: The safety and security study, technical report. Monash University. https://doi.org/10.26180/14794677  

Sentencing Advisory Council. (2021). Threat Offences in Victoria: Sentencing Outcomes and Reoffending. State of Victoria, Sentencing Advisory Council. https://www.sentencingcouncil.vic.gov.au/publications/threat-offences-in-victoria-sentencing-outcomes-and-reoffending

 

Articles

Bagwell-Gray, M. E., Thaller, J., Messing, J. T., & Durfee, A. (2021). Women’s reproductive coercion and pregnancy avoidance: Associations with homicide risk, sexual violence, and religious abuse. Violence Against Womenhttps://doi.org/10.1177/10778012211005566

Baillie, G., Fileborn, B., & Wadds, P. (2021). Gendered responses to gendered harms: Sexual violence and bystander intervention at Australian music festivals. Violence Against Womenhttps://doi.org/10.1177/10778012211012096  

Fiolet, R., Brown, C., Wellington, M., Bentley, K., & Hegarty, K. (2021). Exploring the impact of technology-facilitated abuse and its relationship with domestic violence: A qualitative study on experts’ perceptions. Global Qualitative Nursing Research, 8, 23333936211028176. https://doi.org/10.1177/23333936211028176

McCartan, K. F., & Richards, K. (2021). The integration of people convicted of a sexual offence into the community and their (risk) management. Current Psychiatry Reports, 23(8), 52. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11920-021-01258-4

Murray, S., Bullen, J., Theobald, J., & Watson, J. (2021). Building the evidence for family violence policy reform: The work of specialist women’s refuges in Victoria, Australia. Social Policy and Society, 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1474746421000051  

Pozzar, R., Hammer, M.J., Underhill-Blazey, M., Wright, A.A., Tulsky, J.A., Hong, F., Gundersen, D.A., & Berry, D.L. (2020). Threats of bots and other bad actors to data quality following research participant recruitment through social media: Cross-sectional questionnaire. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 22(10), e23021. https://www.jmir.org/2020/10/e23021/

Sutherland, G., Krnjacki, L., Hargrave, J., Kavanagh, A., Llewellyn, G., & Vaughan, C. (2021). Primary prevention of violence against women with disability: Evidence synthesis. Respect Victoria. https://www.respectvictoria.vic.gov.au/research

Winstead, A. P., & Stevenson, M. C. (2021). Effects of intimate partner violence perpetrator and victim race on protective order determinations. Journal of Interpersonal Violencehttps://doi.org/10.1177/08862605211028164 


​In the media

Read

“85 per cent are victims of abuse”: Why the prison system is stacked against women—Mamamia
https://www.mamamia.com.au/australian-women-in-prison/ 

Coercive control law could harm the women it’s meant to protect—SMH
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/coercive-control-law-could-harm-the-women-it-s-meant-to-protect-20210701-p5861e.html 

One third of migrant and refugee women experience domestic violence, major survey reveals—The Conversation
https://theconversation.com/one-third-of-migrant-and-refugee-women-experience-domestic-violence-major-survey-reveals-163651 

Domestic violence groups welcome recommendation to criminalise coercive control in NSW—SBS
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/domestic-violence-groups-welcome-recommendation-to-criminalise-coercive-control-in-nsw 

“Silent, hidden and deathly pandemic”: Coercive control should be made a crime, inquiry finds—SMH
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/silent-hidden-and-deathly-pandemic-coercive-control-should-be-made-a-crime-inquiry-finds-20210630-p585l9.html 

First large-scale study of migrant and refugee women in Australia reveals a third have experienced domestic and family violence—ABC
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-30/first-national-study-of-migrant-and-refugee-women/100233196

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Council to inform the next National Plan to end family, domestic and sexual violence [Media release]—Ministers for the Department of Social Services
https://ministers.dss.gov.au/media-releases/7266

 

Listen

Mums in prison—BBC
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000xdpl 

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