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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.


Recognising the relationship between DFV and homelessness

ANROWS Notepad | 8 August 2019

Homelessness Week:
Updated research synthesis on DFV and homelessness now available

This Homelessness Week, ANROWS’s research synthesis on Domestic and family violence, housing insecurity and homelessness has been updated and re-released.

Domestic and family violence is the main reason women and children leave their homes in Australia and is consistently one of the most common reasons clients seek assistance from Specialist Homelessness Services.

This synthesis brings together ANROWS research on the intersection of housing insecurity and homelessness and domestic and family violence, including recommendations for policy and practice.



New research

“Person most in need of protection”

ANROWS is embarking on a new research project to identify best responses to the “person most in need of protection” where there are mutual allegations of violence and abuse.
This short-term, multi-jurisdictional project, led by CEO Dr Heather Nancarrow, will respond to increasing concerns from around Australia about the inappropriate and apparently increasing use of domestic violence law against victims of violence (predominantly women) who use violence in self-defence.

Victims have been found to be wrongly identified as perpetrators, denied appropriate support, convicted and incarcerated for a breach of a domestic violence order, or wrongly charged as perpetrators under criminal assault laws.

Responding to the Queensland Domestic Violence Death Review and Advisory Board’s 2017 recommendations, this research will explore potential education needs for service providers to better assist in the early identification of, and response to, victims who may use violence.

Kate Thomas has been appointed Senior Research Officer on the project. Kate has previously worked on family violence-related projects in the fields of law and criminology with UQ law academics Professor Heather Douglas at UQ and Professors Jude McCulloch and JaneMaree Maher at the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre.

CEO Dr Heather Nancarrow publishes research:
Unintended Consequences of DV Law

In her forthcoming book, ANROWS CEO Dr Heather Nancarrow argues for a paradigm shift in current mainstream responses to intimate partner violence.

Heather demonstrates that women, especially Indigenous women, are being ensnared in the criminal justice system through domestic violence law designed to protect them. This is due in part to formulaic application of the law and a type of violence labelled here as “chaos context violence”, which was not anticipated by the architects of domestic violence legislation. Heather recognises the risks in calling for such profound change and the challenges this represents.

Unintended Consequences of Domestic Violence Law: Gendered Aspirations and Racialised Realities, an academic text for law, criminology and related fields, is now available for pre-order. The hardback edition is due to be published in November 2019.

At her forthcoming Feminist Legal Perspectives seminar for the Women’s Legal Services NSW Foundation, Heather will discuss key themes from the book. The seminar will be held in Sydney on 21 August. Please register here to attend.


Save the date

In Conversation with Leigh Goodmark

Join ANROWS at the Banco Court in Brisbane for an evening with international domestic and family violence law expert Leigh Goodmark, interviewed by the ABC’s Paul Barclay.

Professor Goodmark is Director of the Gender Violence Clinic at the University of Maryland’s Carey School of Law. She will be discussing her new book, Decriminalizing domestic violence: A balanced policy approach to intimate partner violence.

Save the date: Wednesday 4 December 2019. Check future issues of Notepad for more details and registration.



Connecting to inform men’s behaviour change work

The NSW Men’s Behaviour Change Network invited ANROWS to present last week on our research into perpetrator interventions. Michele Robinson and Helen Sowey from the ANROWS Evidence to Action team presented key findings from Invisible Practices and Evaluation readiness, program quality and outcomes in men’s behaviour change programs. These are the two research projects from the Perpetrator Interventions Research Stream that have been published to date.

Michele and Helen drew attention to the supporting resources ANROWS has produced to encourage this research to be taken up in policy and practice, and discussed some of the 12 other perpetrator-related projects that are currently in the pipeline.

For a guiding resource on the Australian peer-reviewed publications and grey literature in the field, read the updated the ANROWS special collection on Perpetrators of domestic, family and sexual violence.

The event provided a valuable two-way knowledge exchange. ANROWS benefitted greatly, learning from the group about current issues in the men’s behaviour change field, such as the rapidly evolving arena of accredited training and practitioner certification. We left with a deeper appreciation for practitioners’ thirst for evidence to inform work in this field.

Work with us:
Project Officer

ANROWS is seeking a Project Officer (Evidence to Action), with the skills required to assist the Director, Evidence to Action, to implement ANROWS’s knowledge translation and exchange activities including publications and resources, media and communications and events.


Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

Contribute to the Royal Commission

As of 30th July 2019 the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability  is inviting submissions from interested members of the public and institutions.


Save the date

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

New research & resources


Adhia, A. & Jeong, J. (2019). Fathers’ perpetration of intimate partner violence and parenting during early childhood: Results from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, Child Abuse & Neglect, 96

Blake, M. (2019). Protecting older persons from lifethreatening and fatal abuse: Should western Australian criminal law do more?, University of Western Australia Law Review, 45(2).

Cheng, P & Jaffe, P. (2019). Examining Depression Among Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Homicide, Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Cheng, S.Y., Davis, M., Jonson-Reid, M., & Yaeger, L. (2019). Compared to What? A Meta-Analysis of Batterer Intervention Studies Using Nontreated Controls or ComparisonsTrauma, Violence, & Abuse.

Gribaldo, A. (2019). Hashtags, testimonies, and measurements: Gender violence and its interpretation, ANUAC, 8(1): 7-30. (PDF)

Kim, C. (2019). Social isolation, acculturative stress and intimate partner violence (IPV) victimization among Korean immigrant women, International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 72: 87-95

Pang, L.H.G. & Thomas, S.J. (2019). Exposure to Domestic Violence during Adolescence: Coping Strategies and Attachment Styles as Early Moderators and their Relationship to Functioning during Adulthood, Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma.

Semenza, D.C. (2019). Gender Differences in the Victim–Offender Relationship for On-and Offline Youth Violence, Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Vosky Soibatian, C. (2019). Understanding the Impact of Social Location and English as a Second Language on Service Needs and Outcomes of Intimate Partner Violence Victims, College of Science and Health Theses and Dissertations, 301.


Education Centre Against Violence, NSW Health: Avoiding the 3 ‘M’s: Myths, mistakes and misinformation in violence, abuse and neglect statistics and research. (Powerpoint slides, Research paper and fact sheets available.)

Our Watch: Making Media Change: Reporting on violence against women

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