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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.


National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women and Gender Equality:
What do Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders think?

ANROWS Notepad | 16 May 2019

National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women and Gender Equality: What do Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders think?

Dr Heather Nancarrow (CEO, ANROWS) and Dr Kyllie Cripps (Faculty of Law, UNSW) are at the Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum in Mackay today to launch the report Attitudes towards violence against women and gender equality among Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders: Findings from the 2017 National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey (NCAS).  This report explores the responses of the 342 NCAS respondents who identified as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. The report found that most Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders have a good understanding of violence against women, support gender equality and do not endorse attitudes supportive of violence against women.

Respondents to the survey who identified as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander were asked additional questions relating to their understandings of the causes of violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls, and their views on reporting violence to the police. Dr Kyllie Cripps, Pallawa woman and lead author said: “These additional questions were developed with the input of an expert panel. The inclusion of these questions is very important because previously there was no known national survey research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people into their views of factors contributing to violence against women and girls.”

Accordingly, this report provides valuable and much needed insight from within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.



Coming up: National Reconciliation Week 27 May – 3 Jun

This year’s theme for National Reconciliation Week is: “Grounded in Truth, Walk Together with Courage”. Visit the website for details of events around Australia.

The Warawarni-gu Guma (Healing Together) Statement offers an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective on domestic and family violence, including a pathway forward for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities. The Warawarni-gu Guma Statement was developed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander delegates at the ANROWS 2nd National Research Conference on Violence against Women in 2018.

10th anniversary of Time for Action, the blueprint for the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022

On 10 May ANROWS co-convened a reception at NSW Parliament House together with newly appointed Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, The Hon Mark Speakman, SC MP, NSW Attorney-General and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence. This event marked 10 years since the National Council to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children (2008-2009) presented Time for Action to then Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd; then Minister for Women, Tanya Plibersek; and then Attorney-General, Robert McClelland. Time for Action provided the blueprint for the subsequent Council of Australian Governments’ National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 (the National Plan), under which ANROWS was founded.

The event began with a moving Welcome to Country given by Yvonne Weldon. Other speakers included Libby Lloyd AM, Chair of the former National Council. Ms Lloyd said: “This is an opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come, and where we’re going in our efforts to achieve a significant and sustained reduction in rates of violence against women. It is also time to celebrate the passion and commitment of the sector working toward the National Plan goals”.

Minister Speakman said: “We will continue to support ANROWS’s work to drive evidence-based reforms and solutions for some of the most vulnerable people in our community”. Minister Speakman also took the opportunity to reiterate his announcement from earlier in the day that NSW would join Our Watch.


Support ANROWS this financial year

Did you know that ANROWS is a registered charity with Deductible Gift Recipient status? This means that donations over $2 are tax-deductible. If you’d like to support evidence-based policy and practice to reduce violence against women, support ANROWS. Donate before tax time at https://www.anrows.org.au/donate/

New research & resources

Insight Exchange centres on the expertise of people with lived experiences of violence and gives voice to these experiences. It is designed to inform and strengthen social, service and systemic responses to Domestic and Family Violence. Insight Exchange has been designed by Sightlines Professional Services Division of Domestic Violence Service Management (DVSM), in collaboration with Dr Linda Coates and Dr Allan Wade from Centre for Response-Based Practice Canada.

The Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA) at Durham University (UK) have recently created some videos using the words from participants in the Project Mirabal research on domestic violence perpetrator programmes. The videos are designed to work as ‘men speaking to other men’.

The Empowering Internet Safety Guide for Women – from VPN Mentor

Financial abuse: a silent form of domestic violence (podcast) https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/am/financial-abuse-a-silent-form-of-domestic-violence/11103920


Primary Prevention Activity and Infrastructure in Victoria: Summary Report

Holder, R. (2019). A cross-national data collaboration of domestic violence specialist courts: a research note. International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice. Published online at DOI: 10.1080/01924036.2019.1599971 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01924036.2019.1599971?af=R&journalCode=rcac20

Parkinson, D., & Duncan, A. (2018). Lesbian and bi women’s experience of emergency management. Thornbury, VIC: Gender and Disaster Pod.

Parkinson, D., Duncan, A., & Kaur, J. (2018). Long-term disaster resilience: Vol. 1 Executive summary and recommendations. Thornbury, VIC: Gender and Disaster Pod.

Parkinson, D., Duncan, A., & Kaur, J. (2018). Long-term disaster resilience: Vol. 2 Full report. Thornbury, VIC: Gender and Disaster Pod.

Parkinson, D., Leonard, L., Duncan, A., & Jeffrey, J. (2018). Research project on identifying the experiences and needs of LGBTI communities before, during and after emergencies in Victoria. Thornbury, VIC: Gender and Disaster Pod.

Price, E., Sharman, L. S., Douglas, H. A., Sheeran, N., & Dingle, G. A. (2019). Experiences of Reproductive Coercion in Queensland Women. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260519846851

Spencer, C., Majeed, S., & McArdle, D. (2018). Long-term disaster resilience: Vol. 3 Literature review. Thornbury, VIC: Gender and Disaster Pod.

Hameed, M. (2019). The tripartite tragedy: Alcohol and other drugs, intimate partner violence and child abuse. Children Australia, 44(1), 32-41. doi:10.1017/cha.2018.52


Gezinski, L.B., Gonzalez-Pons, K.M., & Rogers, M.M. (2019). “Praying does not stop his fist from hitting my face”: Religion and intimate partner violence from the perspective of survivors and service providers. Journal of Family Issues. DOI:10.1177/0192513X19830140

Van der Put, C.E., Gubbels, J., & Assink, M. (2019). Predicting domestic violence: A meta-analysis on the predictive validity of risk assessment tools. Aggression and Violence Behavior, 47, 100-16.

Walklate, S., & Hopkins, A. (2019). Real lives and lost lives: Making sense of “locked in” responses to intimate partner homicide. Asian Journal of Criminology. DOI:10.1007/s11417-019-09283-2


​In the media

Secure housing for violence perpetrators to reduce risk, advocates say https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/am/perpetrator-housing/11060366 

It’s time ‘coercive control’ was made illegal in Australia

Trial to include Government-funded beds for domestic violence perpetrators

Centre of Learning for Family Violence – Victoria Police

NSW’s New Minister for Prevention of Domestic Violence Commits to Joining Our Watch

Sex trade survivors deserve the chance to speak

Australian nurses are sexually harassed by our patients. It’s not part of our job

Mistake of fact defence: The legal loophole stopping Queensland rape complainants from getting justice

Global Health Agency Told Not To Add “Parental Alienation” Classification, By Lawyers and Experts

Women’s police stations cut violence against women

Even Breadwinning Wives Don’t Get Equality at Home https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2019/05/breadwinning-wives-gender-inequality/589237/

Get involved

Investing in Women funding program, NSW Government. Closing 26 May.

The Investing in Women funding program funds NSW organisations to develop and implement projects that support:

  • Improve women’s financial wellbeing and security and support diverse and flexible employment opportunities for women and girls
  • Promote and support a holistic approach to women’s health across the lifespan
  • Support women’s engagement through social networks, access to information and building confidence using diverse representation of women and girls.


WDVCAS NSW is raising money to support survivors of domestic violence to undertake media training with Jane Gilmore. This training will help survivor-advocates to speak to the media safely. You can support the crowdfunding campaign at https://www.gofundme.com/survivor-advocates-media-training


Our Watch is hosting a focus group on ‘Unpacking Violence’, a story-telling resource on non-physical forms of violence against women that was launched earlier this year. People who have tried using the resource are particularly welcome.
Wed 29 May, 11am – 12:30pm, Melbourne.
Bookings essential: https://www.trybooking.com/BCPXJ
Contact louise.greenstock@ourwatch.org.au


Non-consensual imagery – seeking participants aged 18+ for focus groups in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Canberra. You do not need to have experienced, engaged in or witnessed non-consensual imagery to be involved. Receive $50 and morning/afternoon tea.
Contact projectbystanderimages@gmail.com or see Twitter for more information.


Sexuality, Ethnicity & Belonging Study (UNSW) https://sexualcitizen.com/
Seeking culturally Lebanese LGBTQA+ people aged 18-30, living in Sydney, to participate in research.


Make a submission

Court and tribunal information: access, disclosure and publication | Closes 31 May 2019

The NSW Law Reform Commission is reviewing the operation of suppression and non-publication orders and access to information in NSW courts and tribunals.

They are inviting preliminary submissions to help them frame the issues that we should address in consultations.

To make a preliminary submission, visit their website.

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PO Box Q389, Queen Victoria Building NSW 1230
Phone: 61 2 8374 4000
| Email: enquiries@anrows.org.au

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