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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.


Did you know that ANROWS is a registered charity?

ANROWS Notepad | 25 March 2021


Opportunity to support an ANROWS Research Fund project

In addition to being the only research organisation of its kind in Australia, ANROWS is a registered harm prevention charity and deductible gift recipient. This status qualifies us to run a research program powered by philanthropic funds 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 to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children, each of which were made possible with funding gifted to ANROWS by the former Luke Batty Foundation. We are honoured to have been chosen to carry Luke’s legacy forward through projects agreed with the former Luke Batty Foundation Board, and acknowledge and thank Rosie Batty AO, 2015 Australian of the Year, for her vision and leadership in this area.

We are now 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.

Our aim is to raise a total of $160,000 by 30 June 2021 to fund this project. Please share this opportunity with your colleagues, friends and family, and don’t miss your chance to support this important research.


2021 National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey (NCAS)

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services, the 2021 National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey is now in the field, with publication of the main report scheduled for late 2022.

A representative population survey conducted roughly every four years, the NCAS monitors progress against the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022 by measuring:

  • Australians’ knowledge of the nature of violence against women
  • Australians’ attitudes towards violence against women and gender equality
  • changes in knowledge and attitudes over time
  • factors associated with attitudes towards violence against women.

Since it was last conducted in 2017, the NCAS instrument has been updated to include a new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander module; new questions on intersecting inequalities; new questions on online forms of violence, sexual harassment and stalking; expansion of bystander questions; and revised demographic questions for gender and disability.

Also as part of the NCAS Research Program, concerning findings from the 2017 survey are being investigated in two qualitative projects.

The “Mistrust” study (due for publication in October 2021) investigates why a considerable proportion of the population mistakenly believes that sexual violence allegations by women are typically false and used as a means of getting back at men. The research will enable an in-depth investigation of the factors leading to this public mistrust to inform interventions to target public misperceptions of women’s reports of sexual violence.

The “Young people’s attitudes” study delves further into a concerning result from the 2017 NCAS, and aims to investigate the worrying decline in levels of understanding of violence against women among young Australians, both compared to the 2013 results and to other age groups. The study will use focus group discussions to examine how young people understand what constitutes domestic violence in intimate partner relationships, with the ultimate aim of informing education programs targeted at young people. The report is due for publication in March 2022.


Identifying policy and practice responses to domestic and family violence under COVID-19 in Australia

ANROWS is collaborating with the University of Melbourne as part of an international study examining responses to DFV under COVID-19 (see https://www.dahlia19study.com/).

We are collating evidence on policy and practice initiatives: what has been implemented, and (if possible) what the outcomes have been. Please send any information you have to dahlia19@anrows.org.au by 23 April 2021. For more information please visit our website.

New research and resources

You can access the resources in this list and all the other articles in Notepad in the ANROWS Library.


Our Watch: Educating for Equality

Books and reports

Boccuzzi, E. (2021). The future of work for women in the Pacific Islands. The Asia Foundation. https://asiafoundation.org/publication/the-future-of-work-for-women-in-the-pacific-islands/

Campbell, E., Bissett, T., Howard, A., Lewers, N., Polis, M., & Richter, J. (2021). More than just a piece of paper: Getting protection orders made in a safe and supported way: Responding to Recommendation 77 of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. Centre for Innovative Justice. https://cij.org.au/cms/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/more-than-just-a-piece-of-paper-research-report-2021.pdf

Centre of Research Excellence in Disability and Health. (2021). Nature and extent of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation against people with disability in Australia-Research report. Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. https://disability.royalcommission.gov.au/publications/research-report-nature-and-extent-violence-abuse-neglect-and-exploitation-against-people-disability-australia

Commonwealth of Australia. (2021). Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Family Law System: Improvements in family law proceedings—Second interim report. Commonwealth of Australia. https://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/download/committees/reportjnt/024551/toc_pdf/Improvementsinfamilylawproceedings.pdf;fileType=application%2Fpdf

de Ávila, T. P., Yamamoto, A., de Faria, C., McCullock, J., & Carrington, K. (2021). Reflections on prevention policies for gender-based violence against women and girls: Debates in Brazil and Australia. Ministério Público do Distrito Federal e Territórios. https://eprints.qut.edu.au/208168/1/Brasil_Australia_ING_TUDO.pdf

Plan International. (2021). Smart, successful, strong: The case for investing in adolescent girls’ education in aid and COVID-19 response and recovery. Plan International. https://www.plan.org.au/publications/smart-successful-strong/

Webb, E., Thredgold, C., Zufferey, C., Beer, A., & Moulding, N. (2021). Impact of tenancy laws on women and children escaping violence: Final report for Department of Social Services. University of South Australia Justice & Society. https://unisa.edu.au/globalassets/resources/research/impact-of-tenancy-laws-on-women-and-children-escaping-violence.pdf

World Health Organization. (2021). Violence Against Women Prevalence Estimates, 2018. WHO on behalf of UNICEF, UNFPA, UNODC, UNSD, UN Women. https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/violence-against-women-prevalence-estimates

New research articles

You can access the resources in this list and all the other articles in Notepad in the ANROWS Library.

DeKeseredy, W. S. (2021). Image-based sexual abuse: Social and legal implications. Current Addiction Reports. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40429-021-00363-x

Henry, N., Vasil, S., Flynn, A., Kellard, K., & Mortreux, C. (2021). Technology-facilitated domestic violence against immigrant and refugee women: A qualitative study. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. https://doi.org/10.1177/08862605211001465

Piquero, A. R., Jennings, W. G., Jemison, E., Kaukinen, C., & Knaul, F. M. (2021). Evidence from a systematic review and meta-analysis: Domestic violence during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of Criminal Justice. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2021.101806

Scott, J., Staines, Z., & Morton, J. (2021). Crime, justice and social capital in the Torres Strait region. Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice (no. 620). https://www.aic.gov.au/publications/tandi/tandi620

Wijaya, C. N., Roberts, L. D., & Kane, R. T. (2021). Attribution theory, bystander effect and willingness to intervene in intimate partner violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260521997945



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).


ANROWS and the University of Melbourne are conducting surveys of victims and survivors and people who use intimate partner violence and sexual violence against women as part of a project called “Transforming responses to intimate partner and sexual violence: Listening to the voices of victims, perpetrators and services” (the “Voices” study).

To help gather this important data, the research team are asking for your help in distributing the surveys. You can access information about the Voices survey for victims and survivors (women) here and about the survey for people (men, women and gender diverse) who use intimate partner violence and sexual violence against women here. Please feel free to share these survey links widely via newsletters, Twitter, Facebook and other social media.

The Voices study is led by Associate Professor Dominiek Coates at ANROWS and Professor Kelsey Hegarty at the University of Melbourne. It is part of a program of research led by ANROWS and funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services under the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022.

This study will develop recommendations for service and system improvements to better respond to victims and survivors, their children and perpetrators.

This project has received ethics approval from the University of Melbourne Human Research Ethics Committee.


On Monday 22 March, the Hon Mark Speakman, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (NSW), announced that Women NSW’s COVID-19 Sexual, Domestic and Family Violence Infrastructure Grant Program is now open.

As part of an $8 million infrastructure grants program, grants are available for sexual, domestic and family violence frontline services, intended for improvements such as upgrades to women’s refuges, expanded accommodation and better facilities for children and people with disability.

Funding is available for services established in New South Wales that provide a direct and frontline service to people experiencing (or at risk of experiencing) sexual, domestic and family violence; or provide services or programs for perpetrators, as part of their overall service delivery model.

The grant round closes at 5:00 pm on Friday, 23 April 2021.


The NSW Law Reform Commission is reviewing the laws relating to open justice in New South Wales courts and tribunals, and has published an online survey covering issues such as:

  • when information about court cases should be kept from the public
  • what types of information should be available to the public
  • how to regulate the use of social media in the courtroom.

Have your say about whether current laws in New South Wales are enabling justice to be “seen to be done”.


Open to women across Queensland, the Women’s Health in Queensland survey is designed to help Women’s Health Queensland advocate for improved healthcare and access for women in the state. The survey consists of 10 questions, and is open until 1 May.

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