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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 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.

Evaluation of the Free from Violence Local Government Grants Program

Start date
October 2019

ANROWS was contracted from October 2019 to March 2020 by the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) to evaluate the Free from Violence Local Government Grants Program. Under the Victorian Government’s ten-year Free from Violence Strategy to prevent family violence and all forms of violence against women, 35 local councils were funded across the state to undertake primary prevention activities.

ANROWS’s work involved:

  • providing evaluation capacity building to support 35 councils across Victoria funded under the program
  • analysing and synthesising the findings from the councils’ project reports to inform a final program report on the implementation and effectiveness of the Free from Violence Local Government Grants program and identifying future capacity-building needs
  • identifying case studies of promising primary prevention practice
  • assessing the role of the MAV in delivering the infrastructure required to strengthen council leadership and primary prevention activity at the local level.

ANROWS ran a workshop for the funded councils in October 2019 and provided tailored telephone and email support to councils as they completed their project evaluations. Support provided to councils included:

  • advice on how to complete the reporting requirements
  • feedback on data collection tools developed by councils
  • advice on how to collect data on specific activities
  • guidance on qualitative and quantitative data analysis skills.

Evaluation Team

Project lead

Dr Peter Ninnes
Project Manager, ANROWS

Project support

Celeste Koens
Project Officer, ANROWS


The Municipal Association of Victoria and the Office for Women, Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet.

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