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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.


Aboriginal Families Study


The Aboriginal Families Study is a prospective mother and child cohort study investigating the health and wellbeing of 344 Aboriginal children and their mothers living in urban, regional and remote areas of South Australia.

The study is being conducted by the Intergenerational Health Group at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in partnership with the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute.

The study was developed in response to gaps in the available evidence to inform health policy and services and was preceded by extensive statewide consultation with Aboriginal communities. We have been guided by an Aboriginal advisory group under the auspices of the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia since 2007.

Major areas of focus include:
- maternal health and wellbeing
- children’s health, wellbeing and development
- engagement with health services
- connections to family, community, culture and language.


The aim of the study is to investigate the health and wellbeing of a cohort of Aboriginal children and their mothers. This includes a focus on social determinants of health including family violence.


Prospective birth cohort of 344 Aboriginal children and their mothers recruited in the first year after the birth. The cohort was recently followed up around the time that the study children were entering primary school. Our recent follow-up includes assessment of women's experiences of intimate partner violence using a culturally adapted version of the Composite Abuse Scale.

Preliminary findings from the 5 to 8 year follow-up were released in March 2021. We are currently analysing and reporting data from the second wave of follow-up. These include questionnaires completed by mothers and carers of the study children, and data from child activities designed to assess children's cognitive, speech and language development.


The Aboriginal Families Study was designed keeping policy and community goals in mind right from the start. The Aboriginal Families Study team have worked with Aboriginal communities in urban, regional and remote areas of South Australia to engage diverse Aboriginal families in the study. Our goal has been to enable the voices of diverse Aboriginal women and families in South Australia to inform policy and practice in health, education and social care settings.

Funding Body

National Health and Medical Research Council (Grants: 104395 and 1105561) and South Australian Department of Human Services

Funding Budget


Project start date

January 2011

Expected completion date

December 2023
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