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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.


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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.


Breaking through using photovoice: Supporting strong families, safe children in the context of family violence

This research was developed to investigate how services in the Central Highlands of Victoria can meet the needs of women and children who have experienced family violence. This project is funded by the Central Highlands Integrated Family Violence Committee (CHIFVC) and Berry Street as part of the Federation University and Central Highlands Children and Youth Area Partnership (CHCYAP) research collaboration.

The research aligns with National outcome 4 of the National Plan to reduce violence against women and their children, 2010- 2022 to ensure services meet the needs of women and their children experiencing violence. The project is informed by two key Victorian government policy documents (1) Roadmap for Reform: strong families, safe children and (2) Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s Plan for Change, both based on recommendations of the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence.

This project uses photovoice, a form of qualitative research, to explore what strong families, safe children means to women who have experienced family violence and what women think the service system can do to support their vision of strong families, safe children. Drawing on language from the Victorian state government family violence and family services reform agenda, this research aims to contribute women’s experience-based knowledge to service changes and improvements in the Central Highlands region. It addresses identified research gaps and provides a platform for service user input into family violence system reform in the Central Highlands.

Project contact
Dr Christina Sadowski
Federation University

Funding Body
Federation University, CHCYAP, CHIFVC, Berry Street

Project start & End Dates
February 2017 – February 2020

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