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Violence against women and 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.


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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.

2023–2027 Research Program

People who use domestic, family and sexual violence

Who perpetrates domestic, family and sexual violence (DFSV)? What leads them to perpetrate such violence? And what responses support behaviour change and prevent the use of DFSV? Understanding the pivotal moments for intervention—and identifying the most impactful measures—can empower families, communities, and support services to activate the necessary resources precisely when they are most needed.


Research focused on people who use DFSV is a key priority under the Australian National Research Agenda to End Violence against Women and Children 2023–2027 (ANRA).

ANROWS launched our 2023 grants round to help build the evidence base on DFSV perpetration in an Australian context and to inform the development of policies and programs for workplaces, public spaces and online.

The focus of the 2023 grants round, people who use DFSV, is also reflected in the National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 2022–2032, Australia’s coordinated national policy approach to addressing DFSV. The First Action Plan 2023–2027 includes the following action:

Strengthen systems and services to better hold people who choose to use violence to account and provide opportunities to support people who have used violence, or are at risk of using violence, to change their behaviours, with the aim of protecting the safety and wellbeing of current and potential victim-survivors.

Below are the successful projects of the ANROWS 2023–2027 Research Grants Round: People who use domestic, family and sexual violence.

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If you have any queries about the 2023–2027 People who use domestic, family and sexual violence research program please contact ANROWS at [email protected]

Explore our past research on perpetrator interventions

Australian research into violence perpetration is a continuous effort. The latest series of studies expands on ANROWS’s prior perpetrator interventions work. Covering 15 projects, our past research offered a range of new perspectives on violence against women and yielded actionable policy and practice advice. Much of this advice is still relevant and will continue to inform new studies. Explore our completed perpetration research below.

Project number
Project name
Lead author
Commencement date

Community-based approaches to sexual offender reintegration

Associate Professor Kelly Richards

Completed March 2020

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Invisible practices: Intervention with fathers who use violence

Professor Cathy Humphreys

Completed December 2018

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Engaging men: Invitational narrative approaches

Professor Sarah Wendt

Completed October 2019

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