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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.


Developing an innovative response to domestic and family violence: Accommodating perpetrators as a strategy for change


"Safe at home" programs, within the context of a focus on perpetrator accountability, are a critical counter to the traditional focus on safeguarding women and children by moving them out of the family home. Through a partnership between Flinders University and a non-government organisation, this project will evaluate a pilot scheme based on safe-at-home principles, thereby contributing to both the development of, and evidence base concerning, perpetrator-focused responses to domestic and family violence.


The project aims to build conceptual and practice understandings as a critical basis for strengthening responses to domestic and family violence, encompassing the infrastructure, program and policy elements required to address the needs of both perpetrators and victims. Its particular focus is on exploring the place of perpetrator accommodation services in domestic and family violence responses.


As a qualitative project, this research will produce a detailed picture of the perpetrator accommodation model incorporating an evaluation of the program within its sociopolitical context. Phase 1 will systematically document the policy drivers and local context for the perpetrator accommodation model as well as its particular program logic, guiding principles, practices and elements. Phase 2 will review existing research, providing the basis for a process evaluation and highlighting the intersections of theory, implementation and practice. Phase 3 will generate empirical data through semi-structured, in-depth interviews with male perpetrators (service users).


Perpetrator accommodation programs are capturing policy attention for their potential to cut through the housing, safety and wellbeing challenges of women and children while aligning with the growing emphasis on perpetrator accountability. This important and timely research project will contribute to the limited evidence base concerning domestic and family violence responses that focus both on men as perpetrators of violence and on the safety of women and children. It will also enable a focus on the specific significance of accommodation in the domestic and family violence context.

Funding Body

University Innovation Partnership grant & industry funding

Funding Budget


Project start date

February 2021

Expected completion date

February 2022
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