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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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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

About ANROWS

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.

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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.


EXTERNALLY FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECTS

Intoxication evidence in rape trials: A double-edged sword?

Background

There is strong evidence that intoxication by alcohol and other drugs is frequently associated with sexual violence. Criminal law reforms in Australia have attempted to break the "rape myth" nexus between intoxication and assumed consent.

Aim

This project is subjecting the operation of relevant rules to systematic analysis, focusing on intoxication evidence in rape trials.

Methods

This project undertakes qualitative analysis of appellate judgments, court transcripts and interviews with prosecutors and defence lawyers in three Australian jurisdictions.

Significance

This project should produce significant new knowledge about whether existing laws and courtroom practices are optimally adapted to achieving the important objective of justice for sexual violence victims.

Funding Body

Australian Research Council (Project ID: DP200100101)

Funding Budget

$247,559

Project start date

January 2020

Expected completion date

December 2022
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