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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.


Disrupting cycles of gendered violence and disadvantage


While poverty affects both women and men, pathways into and out of poverty can be strongly gendered. Women’s vulnerabilities to poverty, social exclusion and deep disadvantage are strongly correlated with their experiences of violence. In one direction, women and children living in poverty are more likely to be the victims of domestic violence and abuse. In the other direction, the risk of becoming poor is significantly heightened among women who are victims of violence during childhood or adulthood. Powerlessness, social isolation and stress are at the core of both poverty and violence, and in conjunction they severely constrain women’s agency. Eradicating violence against women is therefore not only a human rights imperative, but a fundamental step in alleviating poverty and achieving gender equality.


This project will generate evidence to better understand how violence and disadvantage accumulate across the life courses of Australian women. It will provide insights on where, when and how government and non-government organisations can intervene to disrupt cycles of violence and disadvantage in women’s lives. Ultimately, this project aims to help create the conditions in which women can be free from gendered violence and have the same opportunities to realize their capabilities as men do.


The project will begin by utilising existing large-scale, longitudinal survey data, such as that from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH), the Household Income and Labour Dynamics of Australia (HILDA) Survey, and the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC). These data will be analysed to produce foundational evidence addressing project objectives. As the project progresses, additional data sources and methodologies are likely to be utilised. These might include analyses of administrative and cross-country survey data, and the collection of qualitative data.

Funding Body

This research project is being supported by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course

Project start date

January 2022

Expected completion date

May 2024
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