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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.

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ANROWS Conference: Evidence in Action

Call for posters

People are now invited to submit proposals for the ANROWS National Research Conference poster exhibition.

This complements the call for panel submissions.

Posters will display non-ANROWS-funded research projects addressing issues of domestic, family or sexual violence against women and their children. They will be selected based on their engagement with the six National Outcomes of The National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022 and guided by the conference theme: Evidence in Action.

Bringing together researchers, practitioners, policy-makers, and survivor-advocates, the conference is an opportunity to discuss “what works?”—reflecting on who an initiative works for, in what circumstances, and how we know it is effective. Professor Nadine Wathen, Canada Research Chair in Mobilizing Knowledge on Gender-Based Violence, will deliver a keynote address, drawing on her deep expertise in evaluation and knowledge translation and exchange to ask these questions.

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

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


Upcoming event: Fact sheet launch

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

On 10 October ANROWS is launching a new fact sheet, based on the 2018 Data Report from the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Network (ADFVDRN).

Domestic and family violence lethality: The facts about intimate partner homicide highlights key facts about intimate partner homicides in Australia (2010-2014) that followed an identifiable history of domestic violence.

Newly appointed State Coroner Teresa O’Sullivan will lead a panel 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

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear Professor Leigh Goodmark, internationally recognised scholar of domestic violence and the law, being interviewed by award-winning journalist Paul Barclay.

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

Prof Goodmark will be talking about ‘decriminalising’ domestic violence: challenging us to understand intimate partner violence not only as a criminal law concern but as an economic, public health, community, and human rights problem.

This event has been organised by ANROWS in partnership with the University of Queensland’s School of Law and will be recorded by the ABC and broadcast on Radio National as part of the Big Ideas series.


ANROWS Library

Updates to the ANROWS Resource Library mean users can now find more material more easily.

The Library offers a curated collection of academic publications and other resources related to violence against women and their children, including research reports, journal articles, fact sheets and grey literature.

The Library’s resources are now also discoverable through the National Library of Australia’s search system (Trove).


UNSW Sydney

Gender-based Violence Roundtable

On Tuesday 24 September, Michele Robinson (ANROWS Director, Evidence to Action), joined leading researchers in the field of gender-based violence to discuss the latest findings from Australia and the Asia-Pacific.

The panel, chaired by Dr Sarah Cooke and including Associate Professor Jan Breckenridge, Professor Vera Mackie and Professor Zhang Yi, discussed the ways that media, workplace contexts and cultural factors contribute to perpetuating gender-based violence across the region.

Michele (centre) highlighted the work of ANROWS as a partner with the kNOwVAWdata initiative, which delivers training to improve measurement of the extent and nature of violence against women in Asia and the Pacific.


Michele Robinson at gneder-based violence roundtable with other panelists

Community attitudes workshops

Re-shaping attitudes through data, narrative and action

A series of workshops about the National Community Attitudes towards Violence Against Women Survey (NCAS) are being held in Victoria throughout October.

Run in partnership by Respect Victoria, VicHealth and ANROWS, these workshops are designed for professionals working in the primary prevention of violence against women. Participants will hear about the NCAS findings and explore ways to leverage the insights in communications and program design.


New research & resources


Pease, B. (2019). Facing Patriarchy: From a Violent Gender Order to a Culture of Peace. London: Zed Books.


Papers from the 3rd European Conference on Domestic Violence (ECDV Oslo), British Journal of Criminology.

Douglas, H., Harris, B. A., & Dragiewicz, M. (2019). Technology-facilitated Domestic and Family Violence: Women’s Experiences. The British Journal of Criminology, 59(3), 551–570.

Faus, D. P., de Moraes, C. L., Reichenheim, M. E., Souza, L. M. B. da M., & Taquette, S. R. (2019). Childhood abuse and community violence: Risk factors for youth violence. Child Abuse & Neglect, 98, (Advance online publication).

Fiolet, R., Tarzia, L., Hameed, M., & Hegarty, K. (2019). Indigenous peoples’ help-seeking behaviors for family violence: A scoping review. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, (Advance online publication).

Fitzgerald, R., & Douglas, H. (2019). The whole story: The dilemma of the domestic violence protection order narrative. The British Journal of Criminology, (Advance online publication).

Funnell, N., Lee, B., Mullins, S., Crowe, J., & James, N. (2019). Survivors Speak: How the Criminal Justice System Responds to Sexual Violence. Bond Law Review, 31(1), 1–27.

Gartland, D., Giallo, R., Woolhouse, H., Mensah, F., & Brown, S. J. (2019). Intergenerational impacts of family violence—Mothers and children in a large prospective pregnancy cohort study. EClinicalMedicine, (Advance online publication).

Liljeroos, T. (2019). Caring for migrant women affected by sexual and gender-based violence: Experiences of healthcare providers in Europe and North America (Dissertation, Uppsala University).

McMahon, J. (2019). Perceptions of Sexual Violence: An Investigation of Sexual Harassment, Sexual Coercion, and Sexting (2019). CUNY Academic Works.

Mills, L. G., Barocas, B., Butters, R. P., & Ariel, B. (2019). A randomized controlled trial of restorative justice-informed treatment for domestic violence crimes. Nature Human Behaviour, (Advance online publication), 1–11.

Mousaco, S., Tarzia, L., Forsdike, K., & Hegarty, K. (2019). General Practitioners’ experiences of working with men who use violence in relationships. Australian Journal for General Practitioners, 48, 487–491.

Nordin, K. (2019). A bruise without a name: Investigating college student perceptions of intimate partner violence terminology. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, (Advance online publication).

Orr, C., Fisher, C., Sims, S., Preen, D., Glauert, R., & O’Donnell, M. (2019). Hospitalisations for maternal assault are associated with increased risk of child protection involvement. Child Abuse & Neglect, 95.

Tarzia, L., Wellington, M., Marino, J., & Hegarty, K. (2019). How do health practitioners in a large Australian public hospital identify and respond to reproductive abuse? A qualitative study. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. Advance online publication.


Australian Institute of Criminology: Domestic violence offenders, prior offending and reoffending in Australia

Australian Trans and Gender Diverse Sexual Health Survey: Report and Key Recommendations (Lifetime rates of sexual violence or coercion nearly four times higher than Australian average)

National Advocacy Group on Women on Temporary Visas Experiencing Violence: Path to Nowhere Report: Women on Temporary Visas Experiencing Violence and their Children

Family Violence Law Help

Government of Western Australian Department of Communities: 16 Days in WA: Stop Violence Against Women campaign

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Division of Violence Prevention (USA): Continuing the Dialogue: Learning from the Past and Looking to the Future of Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Violence Prevention

NUI Galway (Ireland): Estimating Macroeconomic Loss Due to Violence Against Women and Girls: A Policy Toolkit

Conferences & events


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

Sydney, 17 October 2019: A Place To Call Home: National Conference of the National Older Women’s Network

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)

Melbourne, 27-28 February 2020:  Advancing the Evidence: Migrant Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Conference

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

Throughout Victoria, October 2019: Re-shaping attitudes through data, narrative and action (NCAS)

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

Perth, 17–18 October 2019: Engaging male perpetrators who cause family and domestic violence harm: A two-day introductory workshop

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, 21 October 2019: “Why Does She Stay?” Domestic Violence, Implicit Bias and the Legal System

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, 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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