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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.


“Change for change” on violence against women and their children: $2 can make a difference

With 30 June rapidly approaching, we encourage you to make a tax-deductible donation to the ANROWS Research Fund to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children.

ANROWS is qualified by its status as a registered harm prevention charity and deductible gift recipient to run a research program powered by philanthropic funds. This program runs alongside three research streams funded by the Commonwealth, state and territory governments of Australia.

Four projects are currently underway in the program of research enabled by the ANROWS Research Fund, each of which were made possible with funding gifted to ANROWS by the former Luke Batty Foundation.

We are currently inviting tax-deductible donations to expand the ANROWS Research Fund and support a fifth project in this program, led by Associate Professor Anna Ziersch of Flinders University in partnership with Communities for Change. “Empowering migrant and refugee communities to address family and domestic violence and its impact on children and young people” aims to provide in-depth evidence on a community-led family and domestic violence program.

The 2020–2022 ANROWS Core Grant Research Program comprises eight projects, and a further five – including the aforementioned – are to be commissioned should philanthropic funds become available. All 13 projects address the experiences and needs of children and young people in marginalised populations, reflecting the first priority in Australia’s National Research Agenda to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children (ANRA 2020–2022). The projects resulted from a national competitive grants round and have been peer-reviewed and approved by the ANROWS Board.

Our aim is to raise a total of $160,000 by the end of the financial year to fund this project. Please share this opportunity with your colleagues, friends and family, and don’t miss your chance to be a champion of change and support this important research.



Synthesis connects project findings from 20 ANROWS reports

A newly released ANROWS synthesis connects findings from 20 research studies focusing on perpetrator interventions. The 20 reports, commissioned by ANROWS between 2018 and 2020, support the growing policy focus on perpetrators of domestic, family and sexual violence. They also build an evidence base to support the Australian Government Department of Social Services’ National Outcome Standards for Perpetrator Interventions (NOSPI).

The legal system and men’s family violence interventions are generally accepted to be the two key means for ensuring perpetrator accountability. Interventions for Perpetrators of Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence in Australia investigates the ways in which these work well – as well as ways in which their implementation could be improved. The synthesis also highlights that other human services agencies (especially mental health, alcohol and other drugs, and child protection services) should be recognised as essential parts of broader perpetrator intervention systems. A key recommendation of the synthesis is that a national framework be established for building and sustaining a “web of accountability”.

The synthesis identifies five elements that are required for improving services and systems to better respond to men’s use of violence:

  • addressing trauma and inequality
  • providing early and holistic support for associated issues
  • supporting community-led approaches
  • integrating service systems
  • building workforce capacity.

“Sex Ed”: Young people, consent and the Australian curriculum

Adolescence is a time where ideas and beliefs about relationships, including gender roles and sex, are being developed. Sexual and consent education occurs through various pathways including schools, youth services, the media, families and parenting, and peers and pornography. Evidence shows that pornography impacts knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about sex, intimacy, consent and relationships among young people. By improving the sexual and consent education we provide to young people, we are better able to control the message, promote healthy relationships and help prevent violence against women.

The Australian Curriculum is currently under review and there are a number of proposed changes to enhance sexual and consent education in schools. With the public consultation for the review currently underway, there is an opportunity for the domestic and family violence sector to contribute to the discussion.

The expert panel will draw on their diverse experiences and research to discuss the rationale for the changes, the role of digital cultures in young people’s relationships and sexual learning, and opportunities for sexual and consent education.

The webinar will be held on Monday 21 June, and you can register through the ANROWS website.




The power in understanding patterns of coercive control

In collaboration with the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) and the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC), ANROWS will present 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” will explore ways that services can use the language of coercive control to support women to expose patterns of abusive behaviour, and the panel will comprise experts including Dr Heather Nancarrow (ANROWS), Hayley Boxall (AIC), Emma Rogers (Queensland Government Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women [DCSYW]) and Jackie Wruck (DCSYW).

The webinar will take place on Wednesday 23 June, and will be of interest to professionals working in domestic and family violence, mental health, child protection and other social services.



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The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) has been commissioned by ANROWS to undertake research into the compliance with and enforcement of family law parenting orders. The research will involve multiple studies, including a survey of legal and non-legal professionals working in the family law system.

You are invited to take part in this survey if you are a legal professional (including judicial officers, barristers and solicitors) or non-legal professional (including family dispute resolution practitioners, family violence sector professionals, and professionals working in post-separation support services, such as parenting order programs).



A research team from the University of South Australia, led by Dr Fiona Buchanan, is investigating what helps young people form healthy relationships after growing up with domestic violence between their parents or caregivers.

As part of the project, entitled “What helps young people create healthy relationships and reject domestic violence?”, the team is conducting a survey of people aged between 18 and 30 who speak English, live in Australia and experienced living with domestic violence as a child.

The survey, which will take roughly 15 minutes to complete, is intended to help the research team understand experiences and perceptions of supports and other factors that helped participants form healthy relationships in adulthood. The larger study aims to help media campaigners, policymakers and practitioners understand what children and young people need to help them thrive as young adults.





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.



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

Bailey, J., Flynn, A., & Henry, N. (Eds.). (2021). The Emerald International Handbook of Technology Facilitated Violence and Abuse. Emerald Publishing Limited. https://doi.org/10.1108/9781839828485

Louie, Y. M. (2021). Technology-facilitated domestic abuse and culturally and linguistically diverse women in Victoria, Australia. In J. Bailey, A. Flynn, & N. Henry (Eds.), The Emerald International Handbook of Technology Facilitated Violence and Abuse (pp. 447–467). Emerald Publishing Limited. https://doi.org/10.1108/978-1-83982-848-520211033




Brown, C., Sanci, L., & Hegarty, K. (2021). Technology-facilitated abuse in relationships: Victimisation patterns and impact in young people. Computers in Human Behavior, 106897. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2021.106897

Cameron, J., Humphreys, C., Kothari, A., & Hegarty, K. (2021). Creating an action plan to advance knowledge translation in a domestic violence research network: A deliberative dialogue. Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practicehttps://doi.org/10.1332/174426421X16106634806152

Dragiewicz, M., Woodlock, D., Salter, M., & Harris, B. (2021). “What’s Mum’s password?”: Australian mothers’ perceptions of children’s involvement in technology-facilitated coercive control. Journal of Family Violence. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10896-021-00283-4

David, R., & Jaffe, P. (2021). Pre-migration trauma and post-migration stress associated with immigrant perpetrators of domestic homicide. Journal of Family Violencehttps://doi.org/10.1007/s10896-021-00259-4

Drury, J., & Easteal, P. (2021). Fathers’ allegations of mental health and mothers’ allegations of coercive control: Intersections and outcomes in family law proceedings. Australian Journal of Family Law, 34https://www.lexisnexis.com.au/aus/services/tools/pdf_toc/ajfl.pdf

Kalra, N., Hooker, L., Reisenhofer, S., Di Tanna, G. L., & García-Moreno, C. (2021). Training healthcare providers to respond to intimate partner violence against women. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews(5). https://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD012423.pub2

McLean, S. A., & McIntosh, J. E. (2021). The mental and physical health of family mental health practitioners during COVID-19: Relationships with family violence and workplace practices. Australian Journal of Psychology, 1–10. https://doi.org/10.1080/00049530.2021.1934118

Ramirez, F., Denault, V., Carpenter, S., & Wyers, J. (2021). “But her age was not given on her Facebook profile”: Minors, social media, and sexual assault trials. Information, Communication & Society, 1–17. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369118X.2021.1934065

​In the media


Women fleeing domestic violence “trapped” in refuges due to lack of housing, advocates say—Guardian Australia

“Cautiously optimistic”: Experts respond to NSW consent law reform—SBS The Feed

Lack of holistic court support leaves survivors of domestic and sexual violence traumatised twice—ABC News

Women forced to walk past their DV, sexual assault perpetrators in AMC—RiotACT




Preventing family and domestic violence against First Nations women—Speaking Out, ABC

Why domestic violence survivors struggle to get legal assistance—SBS Punjabi Radio


Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander research officer role available

ANROWS is currently conducting an evaluation of an in-house counselling service at a women’s refuge in the Sydney area. The refuge caters for a wide range of clients, including those who are members of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

As part of the evaluation, ANROWS will interview a sample of clients of the service, including women and children. The interviews will be conducted in the period July to September 2021, and again in July to September 2022.

ANROWS is seeking expressions of interest from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander researchers or evaluators to undertake between six and 10 interviews with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients of the counselling service. The role will also including writing up notes from the interviews and conducting initial analysis of the interview data.

The position will be appointed as a casual research officer or casual senior research officer depending on experience and qualifications.

Selection criteria

The preferred candidate will have:

  • demonstrated successful experience conducting research or evaluation interviews with members of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities, especially with women and children who are victims and survivors of domestic, family or sexual violence or who have experienced homelessness.
  • interview documentation and analysis skills
  • ability to travel to interviews within the Sydney metropolitan area.

For this position, ANROWS considers that being Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational qualification under s 14 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW).

Applications close at 5:00 pm on Friday 25 June. To apply, please submit your expression of interest – including your CV and a statement addressing how you meet the selection criteria – to Dr Peter Ninnes, Project Manager.

For further information, contact Dr Peter Ninnes, Project Manager on +61 2 8374 4000.


Research Officer (Research Program) role available

ANROWS is seeking a Research Officer (Research Program) with the skills required to support the implementation of the ANROWS Research Program in working towards an end to violence against women and their children.

The Research Officer (Research Program) will assist the Director, Research in the implementation of ANROWS’s Research Program and its Research Management System. This may include a range of research, project management, contract management and administrative tasks across all streams of the Research Program, but will have a focus on systematic evidence reviews.

The contract term is from commencement at 1.0 FTE until 30 June 2022. The successful applicant will be based at the ANROWS National Office, Sydney.

For more information, and to apply, please visit the ANROWS website. Applications close at midnight on 17 June 2021.

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