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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.


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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.


Developing LGBTQ programs for perpetrators and victims/survivors of domestic and family violence

May 2020

The “heterosexual face” of domestic violence can disguise the fact that domestic and family violence and intimate partner violence also occurs in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBTQ) relationships. This can leave LGBTQ people struggling to find and access appropriate interventions, with the problem affecting those seeking support after experiencing violence and abuse, as well as those who wish to change their violent and abusive behaviours.

This research explores how we might begin to improve the recognition and understanding of LGBTQ intimate partner violence (IPV) among both mainstream and domestic and family violence service providers, and within LGBTQ communities.

This collaborative research project between ACON and Relationships Australia New South Wales was designed as a pilot study to tailor and deliver existing perpetrator and victim/survivor group programs to LGBTQ people who use, or are affected by the use of, violence within their intimate relationships.

The research identifies unique tactics of abuse, used to threaten, undermine or isolate a victim/survivor. These include identity-based abuse that capitalises upon a victim’s /survivor’s fear of exposure (“outing”), or their experience of discrimination and internalised homophobia.

Developed under the guidance of a project reference group comprised of key academics, clinicians and researchers in the areas of LGBTQ theory and practice, DFV interventions and social work practice, this research highlights the need to support the LGBTQ community in developing readiness to recognise domestic and family violence, and then seek support. It also outlines improvements that could be made in police systems and criminal justice responses to LGBTQ people experiencing intimate partner violence/domestic and family violence.


Project Lead

Mr Brandon-Leith Bear, ACON

Research expertise

Dr Rebecca Gray, Research Consultant

Dr Jen Hamer, Relationships Australia (NSW)

Dr Timothy Broady, Relationships Australia NSW

Dr Jessica Kean, Relationships Australia NSW

Dr Joycelyn Ling, Relationships Australia NSW

Tommy Walker, ACON

Practice expertise

Ms Kai Noonan, ACON

Mr Andrew King, Relationships Australia (NSW)

Advisory Panel

Emeritus Professor Thea Brown, Department of Social Work, Monash University

Dr Philomena Horsley, Lecturer, Centre for Women's Health, Gender and Society, University of Melbourne

Dr Jessica Kean, Lecturer in Gender Studies, University of Sydney

Maryclare Machen, Manager Q-Respect, Queerspace, Drummond Street Services, Victoria

Associate Professor Christy Newman, Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney

Dr Jemima Petch, Head of Client Services and Head of Research, Relationships Australia Queensland

Chris Pye, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Relationships Australia Queensland

Lizette Twisleton, NSW Sector Development Manager, No To Violence

Professor Sarah Wendt, Department of Social Work, Flinders University



Developing LGBTQ programs for perpetrators and victims/survivors of domestic and family violence



Developing LGBTQ programs for perpetrators and victims/survivors of domestic and family violence. Key findings and future directions


Violence in LGBTQ relationships


Awareness and recognition


Understanding the role of minority stress


Making services inclusive


Identifying perpetrators



Webinar: Domestic and family violence and intimate partner violence in LGBTQ relationships – a discussion on strengthening practice


Domestic and family violence and intimate partner violence in LGBTQ relationships—A discussion on strengthening practice: Webinar resources and questions





Funded by Commonwealth Department of Social Services.

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