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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.


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.


Australian Child Maltreatment Study, 2019 to 2023


The Australian Child Maltreatment Study (ACMS) aims to identify, for the first time, how many Australians in the general population have been exposed to the each of the five types of child abuse and neglect (physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect and exposure to domestic violence).


The ACMS will use computer-assisted telephone interview surveys to interview 10,000 everyday Australians (including 5,000 young people aged 16 to 24) about their historical childhood exposure to five types of maltreatment.


In addition to capturing prevalence data the ACMS will identify long-term mental and physical health outcomes associated with exposure to child abuse and neglect, and calculate the burden of disease, or real costs, of maltreatment over the course of the lifespan, as well as assess their current mental and physical health. The findings from this study are critical to inform policy and practice to help prevent and reduce child maltreatment in Australia and is supported by the Australian Government.

Funding Body

National Health and Medical Research Council (Project ID: APP1158750)

Funding Budget


Project start date

January 2019

Expected completion date

December 2023
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