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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.


New partnership with
The Healing Foundation

ANROWS Notepad | 30 May 2019

ANROWS partners with The Healing Foundation to support workforce development in Queensland

A new partnership between The Healing Foundation and ANROWS will support Queensland’s domestic and family violence sector through a series of industry-led initiatives aimed at strengthening the workforce and its practice. Funded by the Queensland Government, the service will deliver workforce planning and development initiatives to support enhanced quality and consistency in domestic and family violence service provision across the state. The partnership will deliver the first comprehensive workforce planning exercise to be undertaken for this sector in Queensland.

The Healing Foundation CEO Richard Weston said that the partnership will deliver a unique Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led mainstream service, ensuring both strong, nationally recognised Indigenous leadership and a solution which integrates cultural diversity at its core.

ANROWS CEO Heather Nancarrow said: “This year’s theme for National Reconcilation Week is ‘Grounded in Truth, Walk Together in Courage’. ANROWS welcomes the opportunity to bring this theme to life through our new partnership with The Healing Foundation, and we look forward to working with the Queensland Government and the domestic and family violence sector, supporting them in their commitment to achieving the best possible outcomes for those who need their services.”

Young people as agents of change in preventing violence against women

The Hon Di Farmer, MP, Minister for Youth and the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, was with survivor-advocate Saxon Mullins and youth ambassadors from the R4Respect program at Balmoral State High School in Brisbane last week for the launch of Young people as agents of change in preventing violence against women, an ANROWS research report by Dr Karen Struthers, Ms Natalie Parmenter and Prof Clare Tilbury.

The R4Respect youth ambassadors have produced a Peer Education Guide that aims to empower other young people to help shift those attitudes. As Saxon Mullins, 2018 Recipient of the Young People’s Human Rights Medal, said to the attendees, “I truly believe everyone wants to be good. If we give them the tools and the resources to do so, nothing can stop us”.

Welcoming Intercultural Families (WIN) hosts Safer Pathways for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families forum in Rockhampton

ANROWS Research Officer, Dr Maria Koleth, presented at the Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours (WIN) “Safer Pathways for CALD Families” forum in Rockhampton on 10 May 2019. The forum connected service providers, government and non-government organisations and community members who work with CALD communities Central Queensland. As one of the 26 projects involved in the ANROWS Culturally And Linguistically Diverse Projects with Action Research (CALD PAR) initiative, WIN has been taking an action research approach to increase CALD families’ knowledge of services and referral pathways through events, resources and a support group. The ANROWS presentation at the forum drew on the early findings of CALD PAR projects to highlight key contextual factors and strategies for working in prevention of violence against women and to create safer pathways to crisis and support services for CALD communities.

Find out more about the CALD PAR initiative on the ANROWS website.

Violence against women sector exchange – Townsville

ANROWS CEO Heather Nancarrow was in Townsville recently to participate in an information exchange co-hosted with Ms Cathy Crawford, Director of  The Women’s Centre, Townsville. In line with the call to action from the 2018 COAG Summit to respond better to sexual violence (as a form of domestic and family violence, and as a separate crime), the forum focused on the issue of sexual assault. Local practitioners and managers shared information including details about the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) interagency model of service delivery, a model which provides a coordinated, wrap-a-round, 24-hour support service for victims of sexual assault that reflect Queensland Government Interagency Guidelines.

New research & resources

Publications – Australia

PWC (2018). Our Watch, Our Journey: Independent summative evaluation of Our Watch.

Ovenden, G., Salter, M., Ullman, J., Denson, N., Robinson, K., Noonan, K., Bansel, P., Huppatz, K. (2019). Gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer men’s attitudes and experiences of intimate partner violence and sexual assault, Sexualities and Genders Research, Western Sydney University and ACON.

End Rape on Campus (2018). The red zone report: An investigation into sexual violence and hazing in Australian university residential campuses.

Tarzia L., Thuraisingam, S., Novy, K., Valpied, J,  Quake R., & Hegarty, K. (2018). Exploring the relationships between sexual violence, mental health and perpetrator identity: a cross-sectional Australian primary care study, BMC Public Health, 18: 1410.

Noble‐Carr, D, Moore, T, McArthur, M. (2019). Children’s experiences and needs in relation to domestic and family violence: Findings from a meta‐synthesis. Child & Family Social Work. 2019; 1– 10.

Taylor, N., Riggs, D. W., Donovan, C., Signal, T., & Fraser, H. (2018). People of diverse genders and/or sexualities caring for and protecting animal companions in the context of domestic violence. Violence Against Women.

Bendlin, M., & Sheridan, L. (2019). Risk factors for severe violence in intimate partner stalking situations: An analysis of police records. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Karystianis G., Adily A., Schofield P.W., Greenberg D., Jorm L., Nenadic G., & Butler T. (2019). Automated analysis of domestic violence police reports to explore abuse types and victim injuries: Text mining study. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 21(3):e13067

Sutherland, G., Easteal, P., Holland, K., & Vaughan, C (2019). Mediated representations of violence against women in the mainstream news in Australia, BMC Public Health, 19: 502.


Publications – International

UNFPA (2019). Unfinished business: The pursuit of rights and choices for all.

Bader, D., Dawson, M., & Walters, D. (2019). Does gender affect the number and type of charges laid in intimate partner violence cases?, The British Journal of Criminology.

Mozley, M. M., Modrowski, C. A., & Kerig, P. K. (2019). Intimate partner violence in adolescence: Associations with perpetration trauma, rumination, and posttraumatic stressJournal of Interpersonal Violence.

Hutschemaekers G.J.M., Zijlstra, E., de Bree, C., Lo Fo Wong, S., Lagro-Janssen, A. (2019). Similar yet unique: the victim’s journey after acute sexual assault and the importance of continuity of care. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences.

Ross, N. M. (2019). Imagining a non-violent world “The Be the Peace, Make a Change Project”: A rural community peacebuilding initiative to end gender-based violence. Peace and Conflict Studies, 26(1), Article 2.

Shaw, J. and Lee, H. (2019). Race and the Criminal Justice System Response to Sexual Assault: A Systematic Review. American Journal of Community Psychology.

Moore, C. L., & Van Vliet, K. J. (2019). Women’s experiences of nature as a pathway to recovery from sexual assaultJournal of Humanistic Psychology.

Massey, K., Horvath, M. A. H., Essafi, S., & Majeed-Ariss, R. (2019). The impacts and emotional tolls of working with traumatised people.The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology. 50 free copies of the article are available here.

Miltz A.R, Lampe F.C, Bacchus L.J, McCormack S, Dunn D, White E, Rodger A, Phillips A.N, Sherr L, Clarke A, McOwan A, Sullivan A, & Gafos M. (2019). Intimate partner violence, depression, and sexual behaviour among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in the PROUD trial. BMC Public Health.

Chan, K. L., Chen, Q., & Chen, M. (2019). Prevalence and correlates of the co-occurrence of family violence: A meta-analysis on family polyvictimizationTrauma, Violence, & Abuse.

Francis, L., & Pearson, D. (2019). The recognition of emotional abuse: Adolescents’ responses to warning signs in romantic relationships. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Levmore, S., & Nussbaum, M.C. (2018). Unreported sexual assault, Nebraska Law Review, 97(3): 607-627.

Get involved

RMIT University is offering the Inder Kaur Resilience Scholarship for female RMIT students who can demonstrate disadvantage; worth up to $5000 per year. Preference will be given to migrant women who are survivors of family violence.
Applications close 10 June.


Do you or your family call Western Sydney home? Are you LGBTIQ+?

The University of Western Sydney and ACON want to hear about you and your family. Participate in an online survey or share your story in an interview (1-2 hours)

Your anonymity will be protected. If you are selected to take part in an interview you will be reimbursed for your time. Questions? Please contact CALD_LGBTIQ@westernsydney.edu.au or call Eloise from ACON on 02 9206 2067.


What can Australia learn from Women’s Police Stations?

Research undertaken in Argentina investigated how Police Stations for Women and Families respond to and prevent violence against women. The results of the study are available at this QUT web page.

Researchers are now exploring whether these innovative strategies from Argentina can inform approaches for the prevention of violence against women in Australia and elsewhere in the global South. You are invited to participate in this survey if you work or conduct research broadly in the violence prevention and intervention sector. The survey should take around 5-10 minutes.


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