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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.

ANROWS Conference: Evidence in Action

Call for session proposals coming soon

ANROWS will soon be calling for session proposals for the ANROWS 3rd National Research Conference on Violence against Women: Evidence in Action.

With the release of the 4th Action Plan under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children, national focus is on improving existing initiatives, and providing a platform for future policy. This is reflected in the Conference theme: Evidence in Action.

The conference will bring together researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and women with lived experience to ask, “what works?” This will open up opportunities to reflect on what works for whom and in what circumstances, and how we know an initiative has been effective. These reflections will inform conversations about the way in which evidence is applied in policy and practice to reduce violence against women and their children.

When: 28–30 April 2020
Where: Hilton Adelaide, 233 Victoria Square, Adelaide

Session proposals: what are we looking for?

Rather than featuring single-author presentations, the Conference will be structured around conversational panels showcasing examples of evidence-driven change in practice.

Applicants are asked to identify examples of research-informed practice and to show the difference that it is making. Discussions should feature how and why things are working, and “where to from here?” This can also include discussions about what is not working, and why.

Sessions that work across projects to identify core themes are encouraged, and preference will be given to sessions involving a mix of practitioners, survivor-advocates and researchers. If your session proposal includes people with lived experience, please contact ANROWS at conference@anrows.org.au in advance of submitting a session proposal so that we can discuss the proposal with you.

The Conference focal themes include sexual violence, perpetrator programs and interventions, services and systems, experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children, and engaging men.

Digital Stories: CALD communities leading prevention of VAW

Projects around Australia supported by the ANROWS Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Projects with Action Research (CALD PAR) support stream have produced a range of Digital Stories, including videos and posters, as tools in their community work to prevent violence against women and create safer pathways for women and their children to access mainstream crisis and support services.

These stories are the result of support from ANROWS, which enabled project participants to undertake training from Digital Storytellers. This training gave participants the tools, resources and skills to create their own narratives about making community change.

The CALD PAR projects’ digital stories exemplify the grounded, community-centred and creative process of change that their projects are initiating in local communities across Australia.

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

While ANROWS has provided support, CALD PAR project participants have independently created and published these stories and all their content.


ANROWS Project

Safe and Together: Addressing ComplexitY focussing on children (STACY for Children)

ANROWS is pleased to announce a project which builds on previous ANROWS research exploring the Safe & Together Model™, including the PATRICIA (PAThways and Research Into Collaborative Inter-Agency practice) project and Invisible Practices: Interventions with fathers who use violence.

Safe and Together: Addressing ComplexitY focussing on children (STACY for Children) has been developed in collaboration with the Queensland Department for Child Safety, Youth and Women, and is being conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Melbourne, Griffith University and University of Sydney, led by Professor Cathy Humphreys. The project will examine the implementation of the Safe & Together Model in supporting families living with domestic and family violence (DFV).

This Model seeks to enhance the capacity of those working in statutory and non-statutory child protection and other organisations to apply a DFV-informed lens to their practice, record keeping and decision making (particularly in relation to risk assessment and perpetrator risk management). It involves ‘pivoting to the perpetrator’—raising the visibility of the pattern of behaviours of fathers who choose to use violence—whilst building a partnering relationship with the adult survivor, and keeping children’s safety and wellbeing at the forefront.

Using an action research approach, STACY for Children will examine the outcomes for children and their families living with DFV and parental mental health issues (MH) and/or alcohol or drug misuse (AOD), where the Safe & Together approach has been applied.

Operating in three states (Victoria, NSW and Queensland), the project will explore quantitative changes in child protection practitioners’ interactions with families, and conduct a qualitative study of the ways that participants—including adult survivors of DFV, perpetrators of violence and abuse, children and young people (aged 9–18 years) who have lived with DFV, and practitioners who have implemented the Model—experienced the interventions.

Queensland Domestic and Family Violence Workforce Service Update

New Reference Group and workforce-planning workshops

In partnership with The Healing Foundation, ANROWS is working to support Queensland’s domestic and family violence sector with a state-wide workforce planning and development project.

During July, more than 200 practitioners provided us with valuable feedback at forums across the state. As a result, the Service now has a clearer picture of the current workforce issues, opportunities and professional development priorities for each region.

Leadership and strategic workforce-planning and development workshops are now being run in 10 locations across Queensland. These will deliver a series of place-based workforce plans and a state-wide strategic plan that will drive the Service’s actions over the next five years. To find a workshop in your area and register to attend, please see the list of events on the Service’s Eventbrite page.

Reference Group appointed

Appointments have also been made to the Queensland Domestic and Family Violence Workforce Service Reference Group, which will support the governance of the Service and provide strategic advice to the Steering Committee. We are proud to announce that the Reference Group will include:

  • Anne Butcher, Domestic Violence Resource Service (Mackay and region)
  • April O’Mara, Centacare Family and Relationship Services
  • Brodie Evans, Brisbane Domestic Violence Service
  • Estrella Herzog, Centre Against Domestic Abuse
  • Gabrielle Borggaard, Domestic Violence Action Centre
  • Lynette Anderson, Helen Yumba
  • Michelle Royes, Relationships Australia (Queensland)
  • Paul Monsour, Services and Practitioners for the Elimination of Abuse (Queensland)
  • Raoul Wilson, Tablelands Sexual Assault Service
  • Rosie O’Malley, Gold Coast Domestic Violence Prevention Centre
  • Talia van Gils, Community Action (Gympie)
  • Georgina Binjuda, Lena Passi Women’s Shelter

Upcoming event: Fact sheet launch

Recounting women: What the data tell us about intimate partner homicide

ANROWS and Sparke Helmore Lawyers invite you to join us in congratulating State Coroner Teresa O’Sullivan on the confirmation of her appointment as the NSW State Coroner, and for the launch of our new fact sheet, Domestic and family violence lethality: The facts about intimate partner homicide.

The fact sheet highlights key facts about intimate partner homicides in Australia (2010-2014) that followed an identifiable history of domestic violence. It is based on the 2018 Data Report from the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Network (ADFVDRN).

After launching the fact sheet, State Coroner O’Sullivan will join Heidi Ehrat (2018 chair, ADFVDRN), Amani Haydar (Sydney-based lawyer, artist and advocate), and Dr Heather Nancarrow (CEO, ANROWS) in discussing the importance of this data, the role of the Domestic Violence Death Review Teams, and how we can honour the lives of the homicide victims by learning from their deaths.

Recounting women: What the data tell us about intimate partner homicide will be held at Sparke Helmore Lawyers in Sydney City from 5:30pm on Thursday, 10 October 2019.

Upcoming event: In Conversation

Professor Leigh Goodmark in Conversation with Paul Barclay

You are invited to join Professor Leigh Goodmark, Director of the Gender Violence Clinic at the University of Maryland’s Carey School of Law discussing her research and new book, Decriminalizing domestic violence: A balanced policy approach to intimate partner violence.

Professor Goodmark will be interviewed by Walkley Award-winning journalist and broadcaster Paul Barclay as part of ABC Radio National’s Big Ideas series.

In her book, Professor Goodmark challenges readers to understand intimate partner violence not only as a criminal law concern but as an economic, public health, community, and human rights problem. In this conversation, she will be exploring the ways the criminal legal system can harm those who are subjected to abuse and discuss the need for a more robust approach to help address this problem.

In Conversation Leigh Goodmark will be held at the Banco Court in Brisbane City from 6:00pm on Wednesday, 4 December 2019.

This event has been organised by ANROWS in partnership with the University of Queensland’s School of Law.


Upcoming event: Seminar

Transforming legal understandings of intimate partner violence

Join ANROWS, The University of Sydney and research partners for a seminar exploring the findings and implications of a new research report: Transforming legal understandings of intimate partner violence (IPV).

The report examines homicide trials in which self-defence is raised by women who have killed an abusive intimate partner.

Professor Julia Tolmie from The University of Auckland’s Faculty of Law and Associate Professor Stella Tarrant from The University of Western Australia’s Law School will examine how legal professionals and experts understand IPV.

The speakers will discuss how these understandings influence which facts are presented as relevant to a case, and the meaning that is then made of those facts. They will also explore how current models of IPV used in the criminal justice system effectively pre-package a defendant’s defensive actions in response to IPV as unreasonable.

This seminar will offer an in-depth consideration of how better understandings of IPV can support the proper application of criminal law.

This seminar is designed for:

  • criminal lawyers (defence lawyers and prosecutors)
  • family lawyers
  • judicial officers and justice officials
  • government workers in justice and/or social services
  • expert witnesses in matters involving family and domestic violence
  • family violence workers.

National survey of
sexual harassment & assault

Researchers from Western Sydney University, as part of a project from ANROWS, are conducting a national survey on transgender and gender-diverse women’s experiences of sexual harassment and assault. They are interested in the experiences of trans women born in Australia or from migrant and refugee backgrounds.

This information will be used to inform sexual violence prevention strategies and to develop better information and support for trans women across diverse backgrounds.

Please respond to the survey here, and/or circulate it to your contacts and networks.



Work with ANROWS:

Senior Research Officer position open

ANROWS is seeking a Senior Research Officer (Research Program), with the skills required to implement the ANROWS Research Program, and provide leadership, expertise and enthusiasm in working towards an end to violence against women and their children.

The Senior Research Officer (Research Program) is a full-time position (37.5 hours per week) reporting to the Director, Research Program, and is to be located at the ANROWS national office in Sydney.


New research & resources


Ghafournia, N. (2019). Faith in Freedom: Muslim Immigrant Women Experiences of Domestic Violence, Melbourne: MUP Academic.

Hodson, L. & Lavers, T. (Ed.) (2019). Feminist Judgments in International Law, UK: Hart Publishing.

Morewitz, S. (2019). Kidnapping and Violence: New Research and Clinical Perspectives. New York: Springer.

Nancarrow, H. (2019) Unintended Consequences of Domestic Violence Law. Palgrave Studies in Victims and Victimology. UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Walsh, D. (2019). Working with domestic violence: Contexts and frameworks for practice. UK: Routledge.


Artazcoz, L., Garrido, A. & Juárez, O. et al. (2019). Intimate partner violence from a public health perspective: conceptual framework. Barcelona Societat: Journal on social knowledge and analysis.

Kim, J., Lee, B., Farber, N. (2019). Where do they learn violence? The role of three forms of violent socialization in childhood. Children and Youth Services Review, (in press).

Hawkins, R., McDonald, S., O’Connor, K., Matijczak, A., Ascione, F., & Williams, J. (2019). Exposure to intimate partner violence and internalizing symptoms: The moderating effects of positive relationships with pets and animal cruelty exposure. Child Abuse and Neglect, 98.

McMahon, M, McGorrery, P. & Burton, K. (2019). Prosecuting non-physical abuse between current intimate partners: are stalking laws an under-utilised resource? Melbourne University Law Review, 42(2): 551.

Monckton Smith, J. (2019). Intimate Partner Femicide: Using Foucauldian Analysis to Track an Eight Stage Progression to HomicideViolence Against Women.

Nnawulezi, N., Sullivan, C. M., Marcus, S., Young, L., & Hacskaylo, M. (2019). Negotiating Participatory Research Processes With Domestic Violence Program Staff to Obtain Ecologically Valid DataJournal of Interpersonal Violence, 34(23–24), 4817–4837.

Showalter, K., Yoon, S.,  Maguire‐Jack , K., Wolf, K. & Letson, M. (2019). Are dual and single exposures differently associated with clinical levels of trauma symptoms? Examining physical abuse and witnessing intimate partner violence among young children. Child & Family Social Work.

Westwood, T., Wendt, S., & Seymour, K. (2019). Women’s Perceptions of Safety After Domestic Violence: Exploring Experiences of a Safety Contact Program. Affilia.


1800RESPECT: That is Violence – resources to increase awareness and promote pathways to support for women with disability who are affected by domestic abuse and violence

Office of the eSafety Commissioner: Understanding the attitudes and motivations of adults who engage in image-based abuse

Our Watch: Workplace equality and respect

Our Watch: New resources for engaging with young people

Our Watch: Bystander research snapshot report

Our Watch: Unpacking Violence: A storytelling resource for practitioners

AHURI: Improving housing and service responses to domestic and family violence for Indigenous individuals and families

AHURI: Revisiting Safe at Home Responses to Domestic and Family Violence – what factors contribute to better safety and housing outcomes for women?

AHURI: Housing and Aboriginal Family Violence: the missing link

AHURI: Housing Outcomes After Domestic and Family Violence 

UN Women: What will it take? Promoting cultural change to end sexual harassment

UNFPA Gender-Based Violence Area of Responsibility: Promising practices for partnerships supporting national and local women’s organisations and groups undertaking Gender-Based Violence (GBV) prevention and response programming in emergencies 


ACON Proud Partner Program

Conferences & events


Tamworth, 24–25 September 2019: Centacare Family Services Conference

Sydney, 24–25 September 2019: Health Justice Australia Conference

Sydney, 8 October 2019: Australian Human Rights Commission – Free and Equal Conference

Perth, 14-16 Oct 2019: Stopping Family Violence conference on Intersectionalities in Domestic Violence

Cape Town, South Africa, 21-25 October 2019: 6th Global Conference on Violence Against Women

Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 5–8 November 2019: The 4th World Conference of Women’s Shelters

Melbourne, 9–10 November 2019: Broadside: Two days of an unapologetically feminist agenda

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, 14–14 February 2020: Respect. Prevent. Respond. Conference 2020 (Deakin University)

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

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

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

Training & events

Sydney, 24 September: Australian Academy of the Humanities: Gender-based Violence Roundtable

Melbourne, 24 September: Responding to women from refugee and migrant backgrounds who are experiencing family violence

Melbourne, 30 September–4 October 2019: Realist Research and Evaluation, Five-day intensive Workshop

Melbourne, 30 September 2019: Early Engagement with Men who use Domestic Abuse and Violence: The Better Man online project

Melbourne, 3 October 2019 – Public seminar: Maternal Suffering in the Public Sphere: Understanding the Role of ‘Good Mothering’ Narratives in Family Activism

Melbourne, 17 October 2019: Family violence awareness for culturally specific or faith-based organisations and communities

Sydney, 9 October 2019: Bright Sparks Award Winners Panel: Gloria Larman and Renata Field

Sydney, 10 October 2019: Recounting women: What the data tells us about intimate partner homicide

Melbourne, 12 October—20 November 2019: Become a leader in preventing violence against women (CALD communities)

Melbourne, 23 October 2019: Towards Gender Transformative Change: Challenge and Opportunities to Prevent Violence Against Women Practice Masterclass (Women’s Health Victoria)

Melbourne, 13 November 2019: Storytelling for Change: Prevention of Violence Against Women Communication Masterclass 

Sydney, 23 October 2019: IQ2 Debate: Masculinity

Sydney, 8 November 2019: Unthinkable – Mona Eltahawy: The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls

Sydney, 9 November 2019: Unthinkable – When All Women Have Power

Brisbane, 4 December 2019: In Conversation with Leigh Goodmark

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