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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.


Family violence triage in family courts: Safety, efficacy and benefit


Domestic and family violence (DFV) risks are highest during relationship separation, and elevated further for parents and children involved in Family Court disputes. Utilising the federal Family Courts’ Lighthouse pilot program, this project examines risk pathways, burdens and costs of post-separation DFV, and the efficacy and cost–benefits of early DFV triage. La Trobe University has partnered with the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia and Relationships Australia South Australia on this ARC Linkage Project.


We intend to produce new knowledge about family and systemic drivers of safety, to understand the efficacy of DFV triage and to translate findings into resources for preventing DFV harms.


Using qualitative and quantitative data, this project will:
• Describe one-year pathways of family violence victimisation and perpetration in parenting matters, their burdens and their costs.
• Examine efficacy for safety enhancement and cost–benefits of early triage.
• Identify core components of enhanced safety for parents and children.
• Develop and pilot a new shared prevention resource for parents and court practitioners.


This world-first study aims to inform global family law policy and practice, with intergenerational benefit for vulnerable Australian families and society. There is unique potential for the Lighthouse project to contribute new knowledge to the family law field, with direct significant public health benefit, nationally and internationally. This represents a greater capacity to understand, evaluate and reduce the interpersonal, economic and social burden of family violence, for all family members affected by post-separation violence, and within the systems that support them.

Funding Body

ARC Linkage Project: LP210100181

Funding Budget


Project start date

July 2021

Expected completion date

July 2025
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