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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.

Register for tomorrow’s webinar on ‘Domestic violence, social security and the couple rule’

Join ANROWS and Griffith University for a free, AASW CPD-endorsed webinar on how Centrelink’s couple rule causes difficulty for women attempting to leave a violent partner. The panel will be discussing new research and its recommendations for policymakers and practitioners.

The panel will be introduced by Dr Heather Nancarrow, ANROWS CEO, moderated by Zoe Rathus, Griffith University, and include:

  • Professor Heather Douglas, University of Queensland
  • Dr Lyndal Sleep, Griffith University
  • Sally Cameron, National Social Security Rights Network (NSSRN)

The webinar will be held tomorrow Friday 26 July, 1-2pm AEST, and the audio will later available for download on our website.

Register for ‘Domestic violence, social security and the couple rule’ by 11am Friday 26th July.




New publication

Special collection on perpetrators of domestic, family and sexual violence

An updated second edition of the ANROWS special collection on Perpetrators of domestic, family and sexual violence is now available.

This collection offers a guiding resource on Australian peer-reviewed publications and grey literature.

The special collection covers a range of topics, organised around:

  • perpetrator characteristics and patterns of offending
  • prevention
  • perpetrator programs/interventions
  • legal and justice responses
  • statistics.

Webinar recording now online

CALD community attitudes to violence against women

Last week ANROWS held a webinar for migrant and refugee community leaders and workers.  Featuring an engaging and nuanced panel discussion on attitudes to violence against women among people from non-main English speaking countries, it covered:

  • findings from the 2017 National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey (NCAS) on the attitudes of people born in non-English speaking countries towards gender equality and violence against women
  • ways of working collaboratively with communities to address these issues.

Watch the Attitudes to violence against women among people from non-English speaking countries webinar on our website. On this page you can also find infographics explaining the findings, a summary of the results, and the full report on this sub-group’s responses to the NCAS.

Spotlight on IPSV and sexual offender reintegration at ANZASTA

Today ANROWS CEO, Dr Heather Nancarrow, is speaking at the 9th biennial conference of the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse. Dr Nancarrow will be highlighting the issue of intimate partner sexual violence (IPSV).

IPSV is a high-risk factor for domestic violence related homicide—and one in 11 women in Australia report sexual violence by a male intimate partner. Dr Nancarrow will outline the intersections between IPSV and other tactics of violence and victimisation, barriers to help-seeking, community attitudes, and gaps and limitations in existing research.

Prior to the conference, a practical workshop was also held on victims’/survivors’ views about sexual offender reintegration. Led by Dr Kelly Richards, lead researcher on Evaluating community-based approaches to sexual offender reintegration, the workshop aimed to explore how service provision can better meet the needs of victims/survivors. It was based on world-first research exploring this topic. ANROWS looks forward to publishing Dr Richards’ report later this year.

Regional forums with the Healing Foundation

Dr Heather Nancarrow has also been touring regional Queensland with the CEO of The Healing Foundation, Richard Weston, meeting domestic and family violence services at a series of forums to discuss future workforce needs. ANROWS and the Healing Foundation are working in partnership to deliver the Domestic and Family Violence Workforce Capacity and Capability Building Service.

Consultative forums have been held in Cairns, North Lakes, Rockhampton and Toowoomba, and next week the final event will be held in Beenleigh. The Service will provide Queenslanders with a strategic, well-trained and strongly supported DFV workforce that will help in the fight to end domestic and family violence in Queensland.

Heather Nancarrow at the forum in Rockhampton
Dr Heather Nancarrow at the forum in Rockhampton.


Evidence to action with delegation from Indonesia

On 12 July, ANROWS participated in a panel discussion on the way government, service delivery agencies and research organisations can work together to generate evidence (informed by women’s experiences) to inform policy. Other panellists at this session included Women NSW, Domestic Violence NSW, and Legal Aid NSW.

This panel formed part of an intensive 2-week course for a delegation of Indonesian public servants on “Gender mainstreaming for the public sector”, convened by Queensland University of Technology as part of the DFAT-funded Australia Awards program.



Awards open for nominations

Do you know someone who does exceptional work to keep women and their children safe?

Nominations are now open for the Australian of the Year Awards and the 2020 NSW Women of the Year Awards.

Nominate a colleague, mentor, friend, family member, or yourself for recognition that’s well deserved.


Save the date

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

New research & resources


Waling, A. (2019). White Masculinity in Contemporary Australia: The Good Ol’ Aussie Bloke. Abingdon: Routledge

Mayer, S. & Frist, A. (2019). Domestic and Family Violence: A Critical Introduction to Knowledge and Practice. London: Routledge


Baker, A. & WIlliams, K. (2019). Building on #MeToo and #MeNoMore: Devising a framework to examine sexual violence in Australian music journalism. Australian Journalism Review, 41(1), 103-116.

Davies, C.T. (2019). This is Abuse?: Young Women’s Perspectives of What’s ‘OK’ and ‘Not OK’ in their Intimate Relationships. Journal of Family Violence, 34(5), 479–491.

Elliffe, R. & Holt, S. (2019). Reconceptualizing the Child Victim in the Police Response to Domestic Violence, Journal of Family Violence, 34(6), 589–600.

Haag, H. & Biscardi, M., Smith, N., MacGregor, N., & Colantonio, A. (2019). Traumatic brain injury and intimate partner violence: Addressing knowledge and service gaps among indigenous populations in Canada. Brain Impairment, 1-14.

Hamilton, G., Liston, R., & Mortimer, S. (2019). How do sporting organisations conceptualise and operationalise the prevention of violence against women? Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology, https://doi.org/10.1177/0004865819860879

Hiner H. (2020) LGBTQ-IPV and the Case for Challenging Maternalist Family Violence Paradigms. In: Ramm A., Gideon J. (eds) Motherhood, Social Policies and Women’s Activism in Latin America. Studies of the Americas. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, 195-217.

Hill, A.L., Jones, K.A., McCauley, H.L., Tancredi, D.J., Silverman, J.G. & Miller, E. (2019). Reproductive Coercion and Relationship Abuse Among Adolescents and Young Women Seeking Care at School Health Centers. Obstetrics & Gynecology, Published Ahead-of-Print.

Kettrey, H.H. & Marx, R.A. (2019). Does the Gendered Approach of Bystander Programs Matter in the Prevention of Sexual Assault Among Adolescents and College Students? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 1-17.

Nardi-Rodríguez, A., de los Ángeles Pastor-Mira, M.,  López-Roig, S. & Ferrer-Pérez, V.A. (2019). What Do Adolescents Believe About Performing and Accepting Intimate Partner Violence Behaviors? A Reasoned Action Approach. Journal of Family Violence, 34(5), 461–477

Rogers, M., Rumley, T. & Lovatt, G. (2019). The Change Up Project: Using social norming theory with young people to address domestic abuse and promote healthy relationships, Journal of Family Violence, 34(507).


QCDFVR Webinar – Supporting clients with intellectual, or cognitive disabilities experiencing domestic and family violence

QCDFVR Webinar – Reproductive health impacts of domestic violence


Australian Institute of Family Studies: Australian legal definitions: When is a child need of protection?

Emerging Minds: Supporting staff to work with children and families with complex needs: A checklist for organisations

Fair Work Ombudsman: Employer guide to family and domestic violence

inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence: inSpire: helping women move beyond family violence

kNOwVAWdata: Project Overview (PDF) and Violence Against Women Regional Snapshot

Vic Government LGBTIQ Inclusive Language Guide

​In the media


Long waits for domestic violence programs put families at risk

When will the military have its #MeToo moment?


Implementing programs and practices in child and family services: The ‘why’ and ‘how’ of good implementation practice


An epidemic of disbelief: What new research reveals about sexual predators, and why police fail to catch them

Why music festivals need a cultural change to combat sexual violence – UNSW

The long history of gender violence in Australia, and why it matters today – The Conversation

Violent men waiting months for help as domestic violence interventions struggle to meet demand – ABC

Opinion: The four words that let men in the defence force get away with sexual assault – ABC

Violent men forced to wait too long for programs to help change their behaviour, experts say – ABC

All those moments of fear and pain we don’t hear about matter – SMH

Rape cases put at risk by under-trained forensic witnesses – New Daily

Homelessness in regional, rural areas outpace cities as domestic violence, drought tightens grip – ABC

Five things men say to justify violence against women – Victorian Council of Social Service

Fostering pets of domestic violence victims – ABC

When Charlotte’s husband was arrested for domestic violence, this service became a ‘lifeline’ – ABC

Rosie Batty: What I’ve learned so far  – FutureWomen

The long history of gender violence in Australia, and why it matters today – The Conversation

Sexual assault still plagues Australia’s defence forces and ‘boys will be boys’ doesn’t help – ABC

We shouldn’t have to live in a world where women are afraid to say no – The Guardian

‘Why was she out’: Why sexual assault victims aren’t calling police – ABC

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