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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.

Save the date

ANROWS Biennial National Research Conference

28-30 April 2020 | Adelaide

Join ANROWS for the 3rd national research conference on violence against women and their children, to be held on the 28-30th of April, 2020 at the Hilton Adelaide, SA.

The conference is an opportunity for delegates to share their knowledge and advice on policy development and improved service responses.

Keep a lookout for the call for abstracts and registration details coming soon.

Who should attend?
  • Practitioners: sexual assault; domestic and family violence; women’s refuges; judicial support; immigrant and refugee services, legal and financial services.
  • Policy-makers: Ministers; senior officials; and executive management from federal, state, territory governments and agencies, and local government.
  • Peak bodies: peak bodies and networks; domestic and family violence services; sexual assault services; strategic Indigenous expertise services; women’s health sector; CALD, multicultural, and migrant services; broader community services sector; prevention and education.
  • Indigenous support practitioners: working in the areas of the effects of colonisation; trans-generational trauma; the importance of Indigenous cultures and lore.
  • Intervention and service providers: Social services; the legal justice system; first responders including police, emergency and medical services.
  • Researchers and research organisations: criminology; sociology; health; social work; psychology; law; political science; and science.

ANROWS meets with Hon Mark Speakman SC MP, NSW Attorney-General and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

ANROWS Senior Management representatives Heather Nancarrow (CEO), Paula Bennett (Director, Research Program) and Michele Robinson (Director, Evidence to Action) met with the Hon Mark Speakman today for a briefing on current and future ANROWS work.  Discussion focused on an overview of the way in which ANROWS translates evidence to action, the perpetrator interventions research, the importance of evidence for informing policy and practice and a coordinated systems response to the prevention of violence against women.

Dr Heather Nancarrow, ANROWS CEO says: “It was a great opportunity to meet with the Attorney-General whose portfolio encompasses a broad range of the agencies engaged in the prevention and response to domestic and family violence, and brief him on the way in which ANROWS engages with the sector here in NSW”.

Professor Nadine Wathen:
Mobilising knowledge on gender-based violence

ANROWS Evidence to Action staff were lucky enough to attend two events with Professor Nadine Wathen in Melbourne last week. Nadine is Canada Research Chair in Mobilizing Knowledge on Gender-Based Violence, and she was hosted in Melbourne by the Safer Families Centre for Research Excellence and MAEVe.

Nadine is an expert in putting evidence into action in the field of violence against women. In her lunchtime seminar entitled Mobilising Knowledge for Wicked Problems: Lessons Learned from Gender-Based Violence Research, Nadine highlighted some of the lessons she’s learned about doing this work. They resonated well with ANROWS’s experience! They included: that knowledge mobilisation requires talk, trust and time; that it is not tidy; it requires humility; and that you need to put supports in place to bring people along with you.  Nadine also highlighted the importance of Trauma and Violence Informed Care (TVIC), emphasising that the inclusion of the term “violence” brings salience to external factors which can be overlooked in more psychologically-orientated trauma-informed models.

Save the Date

Transforming Legal Understandings of Intimate Partner Violence

27-28 June, Perth CBD

Save the date


Join ANROWS, The University of Western Australia and research partners for the launch of the research report Transforming legal understandings of intimate partner violence (IPV). It examines the theories of IPV that are typically relied on when women are charged with homicide of their abusive partner and the effect of these choices on the proper application of the law of self-defence.

The following afternoon, join report authors Professor Julia Tolmie (Faculty of Law, The University of Auckland), Associate Professor Stella Tarrant (Law School, The University of Western Australia) and George Giudice (George Giudice Law Chambers, and legal counsel for Dr Chamari Liyanage) for a seminar, with particular focus on Western Australia v. Liyanage (2017) to explore the implications for practice. This seminar will offer an in-depth consideration of how better understandings of IPV can support the proper application of the criminal law.

Who should attend

Criminal lawyers (defence lawyers and prosecutors), family lawyers, judicial officers, expert witnesses in matters involving family and domestic violence, and domestic and family violence workers.


New research & resources

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2019). Family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia: Continuing the national story . Cat. no. FDV 3. Canberra: AIHW.

Our Watch (2019). Change the story three years on: Reflections on uptake and impact, lessons learned and Our Watch’s ongoing work to embed and expand the evidence on prevention. Our Watch, Melbourne.

Our Watch (2018). Workplace Equality and Respect Standards. Our Watch, Melbourne.

Coumarelos, C. (2019). Quantifying the legal and broader life impacts of domestic and family violence, Justice issues paper 32, Law and Justice Foundation of NSW, Sydney.

Martin, C., Habibis, D., Burns, L. and Pawson, H. (2019) Social housing legal responses to crime and anti-social behaviour: impacts on vulnerable families, AHURI Final Report 314, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne.

Vlais, R. and Campbell, E. (2019) Bringing pathways towards accountability together – Perpetrator journeys and system roles and responsibilities, RMIT University, Melbourne.

Plan International and Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media (2019). Taking the lead: Girls and young women on changing the face of leadership

Patterson, K., Proft, K, ad Maxwell, J. (2019). Older Women’s Risk of Homelessness: Background Paper. Australian Human Rights Commission.

Evans, M., Haussegger, V., Halupka, M., and Rowe, P. (2019). From girls to men: Social attitudes to gender equality in Australia. 50/50 by 2030 Foundation, University of Canberra.

Ghafournia, N. (2019). Faith in freedom: Muslim immigrant women’s experiences of domestic violence. Melbourne: MUP Academic.

Baines, D., Bennett, B., Goodwin, S., Rawsthorne. M. (2019). Working across difference: Social work, social policy, social justice. Red Globe Press.

Dichter, M.E., Sorrentino, A.E., Haywood, T.N., Tuepker. A., Newell. S., Cusack, M., True, G. (2019). Women’s participation in research on intimate partner violence: findings on recruitment, retention, and participants’ experiences. Women’s Health Issues

Hooker L, Toone E, Raykar V, Humphreys C, Morris A, Westropp E, Taft A. (2019). Reconnecting mothers and children after violence (RECOVER): a feasibility study protocol of child–parent psychotherapy in Australia. BMJ Open

Hasselle AJ, Howell KH, Thurston IB, Kamody RC, Crossnine CB. (2019). Childhood Exposure to Partner Violence as a Moderator of Current Partner Violence and Negative Parenting. Violence Against Women.

Thebaud, S., Kornrich, S., Ruppanner, L. (2019). Good Housekeeping, Great Expectations: Gender and Housework Norms. Sociological Methods and Research

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

Conferences & events


3rd Australasian Indigenous Family Violence Policing Conference
19-21 June, Cairns

AIATSIS National Indigenous Research conference
1-3 July, Brisbane

Australian and New Zealand Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse (ANZATSA) conference
24-26 July, Brisbane

Save the date: Domestic and Family Violence and Disability Conference
31 July, Sydney. Hosted by WDVCAS

Unplanned Pregnancy and Abortion Conference
1-2 August, Brisbane. Presented by Children by Choice

National Housing Conference
27-30 August, Darwin

8th Secretariat of National Aboriginal & Islander Child Care (SNAICC) National Conference
2-5 September, Adelaide

Australian Association for Infant Mental Health conference
4-7 September 2019, Adelaide

FECCA Conference –  Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia
9-11 October, Hobart

Justice for Young People: Identifying challenges and  finding solutions for youth and children’s justice in Australia and New Zealand
8-9 November, Melbourne. Presented by AIJA

4th International Addressing Filicide Conference
14-15 November, Melbourne

NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation
19-20 November, Melbourne

FRSA National Conference
19-22 November, Hunter Valley NSW

Stop Domestic Violence Conference
9-11 December, Gold Coast

Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference
10-12 June 2020, Melbourne


Webinar 26 June
Implementing programs and practices in child and family services: The ‘why’ and ‘how’ of good implementation practice.
Presented by Robyn Mildon and Jessica Hateley-Browne

Webinar 28 June
Reproductive health impacts of domestic violence: a health care practitioner’s role in supporting women’s reproductive autonomy.
Presented by Liz Price

Webinar 9 July
Supporting the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children through a collaborative community approach.
Presented by Bill Wilson, Dana Shen and Ruth Tulloch

Public lecture 23 July, Melbourne
How to End Child Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church.
Presented by Nancy Scheper-Hughes

Training 25 July, Melbourne
Practising the Duluth model in our daily work with domestic violence perpetrators.
Facilitated by Tracy Castelino, Lisa French, Anthony Lekkas and Rodney Vlais.

Training for community workers 25 September, Sydney
Domestic Violence and the Law.
Presented by Women’s Legal Service NSW

Training for community workers 26 September, Sydney
Women and Family Law.
Presented by Women’s Legal Service NSW


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