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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.


Celebrating International
Women's Day

ANROWS Notepad | 7 March 2019

ANROWS is proud to support the #BalanceforBetter campaign as a part of International Women’s Day 2019.

ANROWS is proud to support the #BalanceforBetter campaign as a part of International Women’s Day 2019.

The campaign highlights that balance is not only a women’s issue–it’s a business issue. Gender-balanced boardrooms, governments and workplaces, and more gender-balance in wealth, are essential for economies and communities to thrive.

In support of the campaign, ANROWS has released a summary of the evidence about paid domestic violence leave. Paid domestic violence leave is important for enabling women experiencing violence to continue to have access to paid employment.

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

Canada’s Prof. Myrna Dawson to join forum lineup

ANROWS is pleased to announce that the University of Guelph’s Professor Myrna Dawson will be presenting at ANROWS’s “Assessing risk and promoting safety forum” in Darwin, this month. Professor Dawson joins a distinguished program of speakers.

Professor Dawson is the Director of the Canadian Centre for the Study of Social and Legal Responses to Violence (CSSLRV). She serves as a member of Canada’s first Domestic Violence Death Review Committee in Ontario. Her research focuses on social/legal responses to violence, with an emphasis on violence against women and femicide. She is the author of numerous publications and reports including Domestic Homicides and Death Reviews: An International Perspective (2017).

In light of the release of the Australian Domestic Violence Death Review Network’s recent report, Professor Dawson will discuss death review mechanisms and their role in enhancing domestic violence risk assessment and management practices.

There is still time to register for the forum.

Domestic violence disclosure schemes

Domestic violence disclosure schemes the subject of Women’s Legal Service NSW seminar

Dr. Jane Wangmann presented about domestic violence disclosure schemes (DVDSs) at the Women’s Legal Service NSW’s recent Feminist Legal Perspectives Seminar Series. Dr Wangmann’s presentation explored the operation of DVDSs, with a focus on the pilot scheme which has been operating in NSW.

DVDSs provide a mechanism for people to make an application for information about another person’s history of domestic violence offending.

Dr. Wangmann identified potential positive aspects, such as a disclosure validating an applicant’s experience. However, Dr. Wangmann also identified a some concerns, including the lack of evidence about what applicants do with the information once they have it.

Read a summary of Dr Wangmann’s presentation.

Dr Wangmann is also the lead researcher on another soon-to-be-released ANROWS research project Exploring the impact and effect of self-representation by one or both parties in Family Law proceedings involving allegations of family violence.


Thank you for completing our survey

The ANROWS Survey is now closed. Thank you to those of you who took the time to complete it. Almost 500 people responded, from a range of different sectors and parts of the country.

You can get in contact with ANROWS at any time via the contact form on our website.

New sector resources

Research and resources

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



Cassells, R., & Duncan, A. (2019). Gender equity insights 2019: Breaking through the glass ceiling. Sydney, NSW: Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

Family & Relationship Services Australia. (2018). Be the change: Leaving no one behind. Fyshwick, ACT: FRSA.

Funstan, L. (2019). In the business of trauma: An intersectional-materialist feminist analysis of “trauma informed” women’s refuges and crisis accommodation services in Sydney and Vancouver (Doctoral dissertation). University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.

Hegarty, K. (2018). Strengthening and sustaining the primary care response to family violence: A new model (Safer Families Centre of Research Excellence discussion paper 2). Melbourne, VIC: University of Melbourne.

Murphy, L., Read, D., Brennan, M., Ward, L., & McDermott, K. (2019). Burn injury as a result of interpersonal violence in the Northern Territory Top End. Burns, [in press]. DOI:10.1016/j.burns.2019.01.013

NSW Women’s Alliance. (2018). A safe state: Acting to end sexual, domestic and family violence. Lidcombe, NSW: Author.

Office of the eSafety Commissioner. (2019). eSafety for women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds: Summary report. [n. p.]: Author.

O’Hara, A. (2018). Recognising and understanding the experience of trauma in the context of domestic violence. In R. Benjamin, J. Haliburn, & S. King (Eds.), Humanising mental health care in Australia: A guide to trauma-informed approaches (Ch. 13). New York, NY : Routledge.

Stott Despoja, N. (2019). On violence. Melbourne, VIC: Melbourne University Press.

Women’s Legal Service NSW. (2019). Domestic violence and renting. Retrieved from https://www.wlsnsw.org.au/law-reform/domestic-violence-renting/



Bevens, C., & Loughnan, S. (2019). Insights into men’s sexual aggression toward women: Dehumanization and objectification. Sex Roles. DOI:10.1007/s11199-019-01024-0

Hlavaty, K., & Haselschwerdt, M.L. (2019). Domestic violence exposure and peer relationships: Exploring the role of coercive control exposure. Journal of Family Violence. DOI:10.1007/s10896-019-00044-4

Roberts, A., Sharman, S., Landon, J., Cowlishaw, S., Murphy, R, Meleck, S., & Bowden-Jones, H. (2019). Intimate partner violence in treatment seeking problem gamblers. Journal of Family Violence. DOI:10.1007/s10896-019-00045-3


In the media

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

$9.6 million to boost domestic violence care
Federal Department of Health, 5 Mar

Prime Minister Scott Morrison pledges $328 million to combat domestic violence
Amy Greenbank and Jane Norman, ABC News, 5 Mar

Labor pledges $60m to help victims of domestic violence rebuild their lives
Amy Remeikis, The Guardian, 4 Mar

My sister is being abused by her husband. What can I do?
Annalisa Barbieri, The Guardian, 2 Mar

The inconsistencies of George Pell’s defenders just display their power
Richard Cooke, The Guardian, 28 Feb

Explainer: What does “intersectionality” mean?
Carolyn D’Cruz, The Conversation, 26 Feb


UN Women Australia International Women’s Day 2019
8 March 2019 | Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra, Sydney

IML International Women’s Day: Celebrating Women in Leadership
8 March 2019 | Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Toowoomba, Sunshine Coast

Money Matters; Financial Issues and Parental Separation
11 March 2019 | Sydney

International Women’s Day Evening Speakers Panel: Harassment free workplaces
13 March 2019 | Sydney

No More Harm National Conference
25-26 March 2019 | Gold Coast

2019 Australia and New Zealand Refugee Trauma Recovery in Resettlement Conference
27-29 March 2019 | Brisbane

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

Child Aware Conference
16-17 May 2019 | Brisbane

Get involved in research

Self-represented parties in Australian Family Law proceedings project

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.

Inquiries & submissions

Review of sentencing for murder and manslaughter

Closes 8 March 2019

The NSW Sentencing Council has been asked to review sentencing for murder and manslaughter, including the penalties imposed for domestic and family violence homicides and the standard non-parole periods for murder. They are calling for preliminary submissions to help frame the issues that should be addressed in consultations, to inform the development of a consultation paper.

Review the Terms of reference and information about making a submission.


Western Australian domestic and family violence strategy consultation

Closes 29 March 2019

The Western Australian Department of Communities has commenced statewide consultation to inform the development of a strategy to reduce family and domestic violence over the next 10 years.

For further information and to have your say, go to www.communities.wa.gov.au/fdv.

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