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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 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.


Defining quality of life indicators for measuring perpetrator intervention effectiveness

March 2020

Perpetrator interventions strategic research priority:
2.1 Defining and measuring effectiveness

This project focused on the development of quality of life indicators for women who have experienced domestic and family violence, to be included in evaluations of men’s behaviour change programs. The research was undertaken in Victoria, South Australia and Queensland.

The project included a literature review to identify quality of life measures for domestic and family violence interventions that were developed with the direct involvement of clients. Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with 100 women. Interviews included the administration of a quality of life instrument across the domain areas of wellbeing related to physical, psychological, social and environmental factors.

This study found that women experienced a broad range of fears which impacted on their quality of life. Women’s top priorities for quality of life were autonomy, informal relationships and emotional health. This study developed a proposed set of additional items for assessing quality of life in the context of intimate partner violence, to be tested and validated in the World Health Organisation’s Quality of Life instrument (short version) (WHOQOL-BREF).



Defining quality of life indicators for measuring perpetrator intervention effectiveness



Women’s quality of life as a measure of effectiveness of perpetrator interventions
Key findings and future directions



How intimate partner violence affects quality of life



Project Lead

Dr Helen McLaren, Flinders University

Research expertise

Dr Lana Zannettino, Flinders University

Dr Jane Fischer, Flinders University

Research partners

Brisbane Domestic Violence Service, Micah Projects Inc., Brisbane, Queensland

Community Baptist Services, Brisbane, Queensland

Carinity Talera, Carinity Baptist Community Services, Brisbane, Queensland

Kornar Winmil Yunti Aboriginal Corporation, Adelaide, South Australia

No To Violence Men’s Referral Service, Male Family Violence Prevention Association, Melbourne, Victoria

SANDBAG Community Centres and Services, Brisbane, Queensland

Women’s Liberation Halfway House Domestic Violence Service, Melbourne, Victoria

Women’s Safety Services SA, Adelaide, South Australia.



Funded by Commonwealth Department of Social Services.

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