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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.


Domestic abuse: Harnessing learning internationally under COVID-19 (the DAHLIA-19 study)

Project length
12 months

Starting in December 2020, ANROWS worked in partnership with the University of Melbourne on DAHLIA-19, an international research study exploring domestic and family violence service provision – and in particular, innovative practice – in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The research took place in Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa, and was funded by the UKRI’s Economic and Social Research Council.

Across the world, the risks of experiencing DFV increased due to restrictions put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. While a number of policy initiatives and innovative practices emerged to address these heightened risks, not much is known about their impact.

As part of the DAHLIA-19 study, ANROWS and the University of Melbourne collected and analysed data on Australian responses to DFV, both directly through specialist services and more broadly through allied sectors. The study amalgamated findings from all four countries to influence approaches to future pandemics and disasters in terms of responses for victims and survivors, children and perpetrators.

The Australian in-country report, one of the study’s interim reports, is available to download. This report, written by a team from the University of Melbourne and ANROWS staff, examines prevention strategies and responses to DFV in Australia in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. The summary report examines Australian initiatives and incorporates interviews with 10 experts and a rapid review of available policy documents and reports covering service responses in the period until June 30 2021.

ANROWS has also recently published a case study as part of the larger research project, focusing on the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia’s National COVID-19 List. The case study situates the introduction of the List among a wider context of the shift to online models ushered in by restrictions associated with the public health response to the pandemic. It also considers the List as one of a number of reforms currently taking place in the family law arena in Australia.



"Never waste a crisis": Domestic and family violence policy and practice initiatives in response to COVID-19



The National COVID-19 List: An Australian case study



Never waste a crisis: initiatives responding to men who use violence during COVID-19

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Project lead/s

Gemma McKibbin, University of Melbourne

Cathy Humphreys, University of Melbourne

Research team

Esther Gallois, University of Melbourne

Michele Robinson, ANROWS

Jennifer Sijnja, ANROWS

Janice Yeung, ANROWS

Rebecca Goodbourn, ANROWS

Research partners

Family Safety Victoria


This project was funded by UK Research and Innovation’s Economic and Social Research Council.

See also


The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on experiences of intimate partner violence among Australian women

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Women’s Safety and COVID-19: Response in a time of crisis

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