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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.


Change the Story: National framework for the prevention of violence against women and their children

November 2015

The prevention of violence against women is an area of practice that works to change the attitudes, behaviours and environments to stop violence before it occurs.

In a world-first, ANROWS collaborated with Our Watch (as Lead Agency) and VicHealth to produce a national, evidence-based “road map” to prevent violence against women and their children. The National Framework to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children brings together the international research, and nationwide experience, on what works to prevent violence. Violence cannot be prevented “project by project” – coordination and collaboration is fundamental to our success. The Framework establishes a shared understanding of the evidence and principles of effective prevention, and present a way forward for a coordinated national approach.

Prevention of violence against women and their children requires a sustained effort across all levels of society where everyone has a part to play. The National Framework provides the guidance and support to make this happen. It:

  • Outlines the latest evidence on what causes violence against women and their children
  • Shows what works to prevent it, in different sectors and from the individual to societal level
  • Looks at how different forms of disadvantage and discrimination can interact, and how prevention activity should take this into account
  • Articulates the elements of a coordinated approach to prevention across jurisdictions and sectors.



Our Watch





Change the Story: National framework for the prevention of violence against women and their children

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$300,000 (approx.)

Plus in-kind contributions from partner agencies.

ANROWS contribution $75,000.

Funded by Australian Commonwealth, state and territory governments under ANROWS’s 2014 core grant round.

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PO Box Q389, Queen Victoria Building NSW 1230
Email: enquiries@anrows.org.au

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