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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.


News and events

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.


Enhancing data and reporting on family, domestic and sexual violence


Under the Fourth Action Plan, the Commonwealth Government is working with key statistical agencies, such as the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), on enhancements to data and reporting on family, domestic and sexual violence (FDSV).


The ABS will enhance the FDSV crime and justice evidence base, examine victims and offenders of sexual violence, conduct a deep-dive into the experiences of violence by vulnerable cohorts as identified in the Fourth Action Plan, and partner with the Attorney-General’s Department and the Department of Social Services to develop the statistical evidence base for the legal assistance sector.

The AIHW has been engaged to fill FDSV data gaps to strengthen the evidence base and to support more informed responses to FDSV and the reduction and prevention of FDSV in Australia. Under this contract, AIHW will conduct four projects:
1. FDSV in Australia: a suite of information products including a number of reports collating the latest available FDSV evidence and an interactive dashboard to complement the existing FDSV compendium (2022)
2. an examination of the health outcomes of violence
3. an examination of repeat family and domestic violence using hospital data
4. an examination of key learning on FDSV during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Intended outcomes of this work are improved knowledge and action on strengthening data and reporting, and a reduction in data and reporting gaps.

Funding Body

The Australian Government

Project start date

July 2020

Expected completion date

June 2022
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