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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.


Examining the power of the eMR to share interpersonal violence, abuse and neglect concerns

This poster sets out the findings of research into Child-At-Risk electronic medical record (eMR) alerts applied to the eMR of children and pregnant women who have been reported to the statutory child protection agency or the child wellbeing unit. 

It was developed as part of ANROWS-funded research entitled Examining the power of Child-At-Risk electronic medical record (eMR) alerts to share interpersonal violence, abuse and neglect concerns: Do child protection alerts help? (Flaherty et al., 2018).

Public health services are uniquely positioned to respond to women and children experiencing violence. Access to relevant information about a client’s safety and wellbeing can enhance the quality and appropriateness of their responses. This poster is a quick reference guide to key research findings and is designed for healthcare workers and policymakers currently considering using an eMR system when working with women and children who have experienced violence and neglect.

This poster sets out:

  • where the research was conducted
  • what practice change resulted in response to eMR alerts
  • what the perceived outcomes of eMR alerts were
  • policy and practice implications from the research.
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