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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.


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.


Podcast: How do we enagage men who use violence?

Engaging men who use violence in conversations about change is a critical first step to sustainable attitudinal and behaviour change. But how do we go about doing this effectively?

In a new episode from Insights: the ANROWS podcast, researchers and practitioners discuss findings from their recent report: Engaging men who use violence: Invitational narrative approaches.

Invitational narrative practice engages men who use violence in an emotional journey, supporting them to take responsibility for their behaviours by discovering their core values and relationship ideals.

In this episode, members of the research team—from academic and practitioner backgrounds—discuss what invitational narrative practice is, how shame and “ethical preferences” play an important role in the process, and discuss how they evaluate the effectiveness of this work.

This podcast was recorded in Adelaide on Monday 11 November, following a symposium on the findings, hosted by Uniting Communities, Flinders University and ANROWS. We were delighted to receive more than 150 registrations, reflecting the growing demand we’re seeing for evidence-based approaches to changing violent behaviour.

Listen to ‘How do we engage men who use violence?’ on our website. You can also find Insights: The ANROWS Podcast on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.


CALD communities producing action research

Under the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Projects with Action Research (CALD PAR) initiative, ANROWS has been assisting 26 organisations across Australia to apply an action research approach to their projects working with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities on issues of family and domestic violence.

The central goal of this approach is to create positive change and to improve practice through ongoing learning.

Digital Stories

As part of this initiative, ANROWS provided the projects with the opportunity to undertake training in making digital stories, enabling them to use video to document and express their creative, community-centred processes of change.

The stories feature empowering and culturally responsive messages about prevention and pathways to support from community leaders, participants and services.

See some of their work here:

Let’s take the Lead: Keeping Our Women and Girls Safe’, from Boronia Multicultural Services, working with South Asian and Afghan communities in Parramatta and Cumberland.

Speak Out: Safety is your right’ from the Safer Pathways for CALD Women program in Townsville, run by Townsville Multicultural Support Group, providing a clear message to multicultural communities that it is okay to speak out against domestic and family violence.


Should we decriminalise domestic violence?

What does it mean that our primary response to domestic and family violence is a legal one?

And why do we use the criminal system to solve this hugely complex problem, when it could be better understood as an issue for our economy, public health system, communities and human rights?

ANROWS is holding a special event in Brisbane to discuss these questions in depth. Join us at the Queensland Supreme and High Courts, where the ABC’s Paul Barclay will be interviewing internationally respected academic Professor Leigh Goodmark about overturning our approach and creating a real roadmap for reform.

In Conversation with Leigh Goodmark is on 4 December 2019 in Brisbane. Register now to secure a place.

For those who are unable to make it to Brisbane, the conversation will be broadcast on ABC Radio National and made available for download on the Big Ideas podcast.

Seminar in Sydney

Using a new legal framework to understand intimate partner violence

For those in Sydney, we have an upcoming seminar to discuss recent research on how intimate partner violence is understood in legal contexts.

The report found that when a woman kills her abusive partner, it is extremely difficult for her to raise a case of self-defense. It examines the reasons for this, and proposes a “social entrapment framework”, which can provide a more complete picture of the facts of a case.

Join ANROWS and the University of Sydney in Sydney on 3 December for a seminar discussing these findings.




Job opportunity: Director, Research Program (Special Projects)

Are you committed to research leadership and the development of strategic, high-impact research on reducing violence against women?

ANROWS is seeking a Director, Research Program (Special Projects) to conduct and commission research guided by the national priorities of the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022.

Find out more and apply on our website.



Queensland grants available

Queensland Government Q Tenders: 2020 Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month Community Grants

Queensland Government Q Tenders: 2019-20 Sexual Violence Prevention Grants

Aiia Maasarwe Research Scholarship

Offered in memory of Aiia Maasarwe, this scholarship at La Trobe University offers $35,000 to cover fees and a living stipend for a graduate researcher exploring improving the safety of women and girls, with a preference for a focus on public transport safety.

New research

Free access

In recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November, two gender-based violence research databases are temporarily accessible for free.

Content from the Journal of Gender-Based Violence will be free to access until 30 November 2019.

Bristol University Press has provided a collection of articles from various academic journals that are usually behind a paywall (no end date provided).

Books & Reports

Australian Institute of Family Studies: Parenting arrangements after separation: Evidence summary

Hagemann-White, C., Kelly, L., & Meysen, T. (2019). Interventions against child abuse and violence against women: Ethics and culture in practice and policy. Stuttgart: Verlag Barbara Budrich.

Harkin, D (2019). Private Security and Domestic Violence: The Risks and Benefits of Private Security Companies Working With Victims of Domestic Violence. Routledge.

Lowitja Institute: The First Response project: Trauma and culturally informed approaches to primary health care for women who experience violence

Queensland Department of Child Safety, Youth & Women (2019). Prevent. Support. Believe. Queensland’s Framework to address Sexual Violence

Education Centre Against Violence (ECAV) and Prevention and Response to Violence, Abuse and Neglect (PARVAN) Unit (Ministry of Health), NSW Health: Avoiding the 3 ‘M’s: accurate use of violence, abuse and neglect statistics and research to avoid myths, mistakes and misinformation – A resource for NSW Health Workers. 

Child Family Community Australia: Elder abuse: Key issues and emerging evidence

Downing, T., & Bennie, J. (2016). Research Paper for Ending the Cycle Project – Building Safer Communities for Women and their Children


Chiappetta, C. (2019). Reducing Domestic Violence and Improving Outcomes for Children: Funding Civil Legal Aid to Maximize Impact. Family Court Review, 57(4), 465–477.

Cordier, R., Chung, D., Wilkes-Gillan, S., & Speyer, R. (2019). The Effectiveness of Protection Orders in Reducing Recidivism in Domestic Violence: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, Advance online publication.

Durfee, A., & Goodmark, L. (2019). Gender, Protection Orders, and Intimate Partner Violence in Later Life: A Study of Protective Order Filings in Arizona. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Advance online publication.

Fogarty, A., Woolhouse, H., Giallo, R., Wood, C., Kaufman, J., & Brown, S. (2019). Mothers’ Experiences of Parenting Within the Context of Intimate Partner Violence: Unique Challenges and Resilience. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Advance online publication.

Gezinski, L. B., Gonzalez-Pons, K. M., & Rogers, M. M. (2019). Substance Use as a Coping Mechanism for Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence: Implications for Safety and Service Accessibility. Violence Against Women, Advance online publication.

Harpur, P., & Douglas, H. (2019). Disability, Domestic Violence, and Human Rights. In N. Reilly (Ed.), International Human Rights of Women (pp. 267–282).

Loxton, D., Powers, J., Townsend, N., Harris, M. L., & Forder, P. (2019). Longitudinal inconsistency in responses to survey items that ask women about intimate partner violence. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 19(1), 201.

McMahon, S., Steiner, J. J., Snyder, S., & Banyard, V. L. (2019). Comprehensive Prevention of Campus Sexual Violence: Expanding Who Is Invited to the Table. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, Advance online publication.

Ramos, D. (2019). Deliver us from Evil: Protecting the Child When Both Parents Ignore the Order of Protection. Family Court Review, 57(4), 554–568.

Shultz, J. W. (2019). Supporting Transmasculine Survivors of Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence: Reflections from Peer Support Facilitation. Sociological Inquiry, Advance online publication.

Sullivan, T. P., Weiss, N. H., Woerner, J., Wyatt, J., & Carey, C. (2019). Criminal Orders of Protection for Domestic Violence: Associated Revictimization, Mental Health, and Well-being Among Victims. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Advance online publication.

Turhan, Z. (2019). Improving approaches in psychotherapy and domestic violence interventions for perpetrators from marginalized ethnic groups. Aggression and Violent Behavior.

Van Hoey, J., Moret-Tatay, C., Santolaya Prego de Oliver, J. A., & Beneyto-Arrojo, M. J. (2019). Profile Changes in Male Partner Abuser After an Intervention Program in Gender-Based Violence. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, Advance online publication.

Yates, S. (2018). A critical frame analysis of Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence (Thesis, University of New South Wales).

Conferences & events


Sydney, 27 November 2019: South West Sydney Domestic Violence Committee’s Domestic and Family Violence Conference: Research To Action

Gold Coast, 9-11 Dec 2019: 9th Stop Domestic Violence National Indigenous Conference 

Melbourne, 13-14 February 2020: Respect. Prevent. Respond. Conference 2020 (Deakin University)

Sydney, 19 February 2020: Housing: the foundation for mental health (AHURI One-day Conference)

Melbourne, 27-28 February 2020:  Advancing the Evidence: Migrant Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Conference

Adelaide, 28-30 April 2020: ANROWS 3rd National Research Conference

Brisbane, 13–14 May 2020: Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum (QIFVP)

Siem Reap, Cambodia, 26–29 May 2020: 10th Asia-Pacific conference on reproductive and sexual health and rights

Melbourne, 10-12 June 2020: AIFS 2020 Conference: What is a good life for families? And how do we get there?

Sweden, 30 June – 2 July, 2020: 23rd Conference of the Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International

Canberra, 10-11 August 2020: National Homelessness Conference 2020

Hunter Valley, NSW, 19–22 November 2020: Family and Relationship Services Australia (FRSA) Conference: New Horizons: Building the future, Paving the way

Training & events

Online, 18 November 2019: Webinar: The unique role of Specialist Women’s Services in Ending Violence Against Women

Online, 18 November 2019: Webinar: Learning from the Our Voices Too Youth Advocacy Project—Working together with young people with lived experience in sexual violence advocacy activities (Our Voices, UK; 12:00 Midday UK time)

Sydney, 27 November 2019: South West Sydney Domestic and Family Violence Conference: Research To Action

Sydney, 29 November 2019: Indigenous Women’s Leadership Symposium

Melbourne, 3 December 2019: Book Launch: Private Security and Domestic Violence: The Risks and Benefits of Private Security Companies Working with Victims of Domestic Violence

Sydney, 3 December 2019: Seminar: Transforming legal understandings of intimate partner violence

Brisbane, 4 December 2019: In Conversation with Leigh Goodmark

Sydney, 10 December 2019: Breaking Silent Codes Book Launch: Gendered Violence Research Network (GVRN)

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