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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.

Wrap up from the “Assessing Risk and Promoting Safety” forum

Last week, over 50 people from across the country joined ANROWS for our “Assessing Risk and Promoting Safety: Using the National Risk Assessment Principles (NRAP)” forum in Darwin.

Participants heard from a range of experts about domestic and family violence (DFV) risk assessment.

Bernadette Wombo, Coordinator of the Gunbalanya Women’s Safe House, joined us from Gunbalanya in the West Arnhem region. She discussed how she used the NRAP, combined with local knowledge, to inform the development of safety planning practices for the safe house. Bernadette was joined by Adrian McCann from the West Arnhem Regional Council and Sam Bowden, then an NGO project freelancer and member of the ANROWS Practitioner Engagement Group, who worked alongside her on the project.

Associate Professor Kathleen Baird from Griffith University discussed the ongoing implementation of an integrated approach to risk assessment and management in Queensland.

Professor Myrna Dawson from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, discussed the role of DFV death review panels in helping us to strengthen approaches to risk assessment and management.

“Death reviews can provide an aggregate understanding of risk, but often preclude an in-depth case-based analysis,” Professor Dawson said, during her presentation.

“In-depth case analysis reveals that more risk factors does not necessarily mean more risk; in some cases, only three key factors are present when homicide occurs.”

Presentation slides from the forum are available on the ANROWS website. A video of the day will be made available soon.

New project: perpetrator program evaluation guide

ANROWS is pleased to announce a new research project, led by Dr Angela Nicholas from the University of Melbourne, that will result in the development of a best practice evaluation guide for male perpetrator programs in Australia.

Following on from the ANROWS-funded project Evaluation readiness, program quality and outcomes in Men’s Behaviour Change Programs, this research will update existing knowledge on evaluating complex interventions.

The evaluation guide will enable users to:

  • understand the purposes of conducting comprehensive realist evaluations of perpetrator programs;
  • be able to develop and articulate appropriate evaluation questions to be answered by the evaluation;
  • know the essential elements that must be included in their evaluation;
  • understand methodological needs of their perpetrator program evaluation; and
  • be aware of the complexities of designing a comprehensive evaluation of perpetrator program within given constraints.

Find out more about this new project.

New research & resources

For a broad range of research and resources, including grey literature, see the ANROWS Library. See some recently-added research and resources, below.



Australia. Attorney-General’s Department. (2019). Family violence allegations in family law proceedings: Personal cross-examination ban. Retrieved from https://www.ag.gov.au/FamiliesAndMarriage/Families/Documents/Family-violence-allegations-in-family-law-proceedings-info-sheet.pdf

Dowling, N.A., Oldenhof, E., Cockman, S., Suomi, A., Merkouris, S.S., & Jackson, A.C. (2019). Problem gambling and family violence: Factors associated with family violence victimization and perpetration in treatment seeking gamblers. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. DOI:10.1177/0886260519835877

Fitz-Gibbon, D., McCulloch, J., & Maher, J.M. (2019). NSW Government Sentencing Council: Review of sentencing for murder and manslaughter. Clayton, VIC: Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre.

Frohmader, C. (Compiler). (2019). Violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect against people with disability in Australia: Available data as at March 2019. Strawberry Hills, NSW: Disabled People’s Organisations Australia.

Rathus, Z., Jeffries, S., Menih, H., & Field, R. (2019). “It’s like standing on a beach, holding your children’s hands, and having a tsunami just coming towards you”: Intimate partner violence and “expert” assessments in Australian family law. Victims & Offenders. DOI:10.1080/15564886.2019.1580646

Smart, J. (2019). Needs assessment: Families and children expert panel practice resource. Southbank, VIC: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Thomas, K., Segrave, M., & InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence. (2018). Forced marriage in Australia (Research brief). Clayton, VIC: Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre.

Thomas, K., Segrave, M., & InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence. (2018). Support options for migrant women on temporary visas experiencing family violence in Australia (Research brief). Clayton, VIC: Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre.



Bloch, C., Liebst, L.S., Poder, P., Christiansen, J.M., Heinskou, M.B. (2018). Caring collectives and other forms of bystander helping behavior in violent situations. Current Sociology. DOI: 10.1177/0011392118776365

Piscitelli, A., Doherty, S., & Francis, S. (2019). Distinct places to address intimate partner violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. DOI:10.1177/0886260519836782

Lundrigan, S., Dhami, M.K., & Agudelo, K. (2019). Factors predicting conviction in stranger rape cases. Frontiers in Psychology. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00526

Walklate, S., & Hopkins, A. (2019). Real lives and lost lives: Making sense of “locked in” responses to intimate partner homicide. Asian Journal of Criminology. DOI: 10.1007%2Fs11417-019-09283-2


In the media

Read some recent news and analysis relating to violence against women.

“We see it & can’t always help”: Why doctors are campaigning against violence towards women
Nikki Stamp | Women’s Agenda | 1 April

How challenging masculine stereotypes is good for men
Michelle Stratemeyer, Adriana Vargas Saenz and Elise Holland | The Conversation | 28 March

You Can’t Ask That: Domestic and Family Violence
ABC iView | 27 March

How I recognised I was in an emotionally abusive relationship
Anonymous | ABC Life | 26 March

The faces behind the statistics
Eliza Laschon | ABC Online | 23 March



Sharing and Strengthening Our Practice Conference
10 May 2019 | Darwin

Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum
15-16 May 2019 | Mackay

Child Aware Conference
16-17 May 2019 | Brisbane

21 May 2019 | Melbourne

Get involved

Participate in research

Preventing gender-based violence in inpatient mental health units

Researchers from RMIT are looking for interview participants for an ANROWS-funded study about preventing gender-based violence in inpatient mental health units.

Register your interest or find out more here.

Self-represented parties in Australian Family Law proceedings

People who have represented themselves, or whose partner has represented themselves, in family law proceedings, where their case involved domestic violence, are sought to participate in an interview to support an ANROWS research project.

To register or find out more, contact the project team via selfreps@uts.edu.au.

The relationship between gambling and domestic violence against women

ANROWS is funding a CQUniversity study into the relationship between gambling and domestic violence against women. The researchers are seeking participation from women who have experienced violence and men who have used violence, and are impacted by problem gambling.

To find out more, please contact CQUniversity via the project website, or email: cqustudy@cqu.edu.au.


Make a submission

Court and tribunal information: access, disclosure and publication | Closes 31 May 2019

The NSW Law Reform Commission is reviewing the operation of suppression and non-publication orders and access to information in NSW courts and tribunals.

They are inviting preliminary submissions to help them frame the issues that we should address in consultations.

To make a preliminary submission, visit their website.

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Contact ANROWS

PO Box Q389, Queen Victoria Building NSW 1230
Phone: 61 2 8374 4000
| Email: enquiries@anrows.org.au

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