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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 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.


Lifetime health systems costs of women who experience intimate partner violence


Our project quantifies the lifetime healthcare costs of women who experience domestic violence. The healthcare costs considered refer to government-funded expenditure through Medicare and relate to both in-patient hospital and out-of-hospital care (such as general practitioner visits). We will also consider costs through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. The results will be used to inform health policy and domestic violence services to ultimately better support affected women.


The aim of the project is to quantify the lifetime health system costs of women who experience domestic violence. We quantify these costs for out-of-hospital, pharmaceutical and hospital sectors.


A microsimulation model is used to predict future costs for each woman eligible for the study in the 1973–78 cohort of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (ALSWH). Cost data is derived for individual women through linkage to over 20 years of administrative health records. Statistical learning techniques are used to model cost and future life transitions are derived by domestic violence status using older cohorts of the ALSWH.


Understanding the lifetime health cost of domestic violence will further the evidence base on the long-term adverse nature of domestic violence. In particular, we will be providing evidence on how the cost escalates over an individual's lifetime and the urgent need for early intervention for affected women to improve their lifetime health outcomes and also reduce health costs over the long term.

Funding Body

The Department of Health funds the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health. Additional funding through ANU, Research School of Finance, Actuarial Studies and Statistics

Project start date

January 2019

Expected completion date

December 2024
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