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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.


Knowledge transfer and exchange

ANROWS host activities as part of its knowledge transfer and exchange (KTE) 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.


Knowledge translation resources

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.


Evaluation of the 1800RESPECT Disability Referral Pathways Project

November 2019

ANROWS has been contracted by Medibank to conduct an independent evaluation of the 1800RESPECT Disability Referral Pathways Project.

The 1800RESPECT Disability Referral Pathways Project is a two year project funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services and delivered by Medibank. It aims to improve support for women with disability who have been impacted by or are at risk of domestic or family violence or sexual assault.

The project will enable 1800RESPECT to improve its responses to women with disability through improved quality and accessibility of its referral pathways.

The evaluation runs from November 2018 until June 2019 and is using an action research approach.

Project summary

The evaluation by ANROWS will examine the impact of the 1800RESPECT Disability Referral Pathways Project on the access and accessibility of the 1800RESPECT service for women with disability. It will achieve this by:

  • Examining the impact of the project on knowledge about and experience of using the 1800RESPECT service among women with disability;
  • Evaluating the quality of the responses of counsellors in both the 1800RESPECT service and specialist support services;
  • Evaluating the impact of the mobile app, plain English, and ‘Whatever it takes’ resources, as well as the communication and marketing plan, on women with disability’s knowledge of violence and abuse and the 1800RESPECT service.

ANROWS is also providing support to 1800RESPECT to incorporate action research processes into its monitoring and evaluation work in order to help build the capacity of 1800RESPECT to undertake basic research and incorporate evaluation processes into its work on an ongoing basis. The evaluation will follow best practice principles, which include the involvement of women with disability in service planning, development, and monitoring.

It is anticipated that the evaluation will have benefits for improving service access for women with disability who may have experienced, or are at risk of experiencing, violence. Furthermore, the evidence from this evaluation will provide direction to further improve relationships and cross-sector collaboration between service providers and the 1800RESPECT service.

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PO Box Q389, Queen Victoria Building NSW 1230
Phone: 61 2 8374 4000
| Email: enquiries@anrows.org.au

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