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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.


Mothers and children with disability using early intervention services: Identifying and sharing promising practice

June 2020

The provision of integrated responses for women and children with multiple support needs is an emerging policy priority. This project aimed to document and improve practice for mainstream early intervention domestic and family violence (DFV) services, to better engage families with a child or parent with disability.

Women and children with disability who have experienced violence have historically not been well served by support systems. Women and children with disability who are experiencing or at risk of DFV require services that can address the specific needs that arise from the intersection of disability and violence.

Early intervention services are key sites of intervention that could provide insights for positive practice across sectors. These are designed to take a holistic approach to identifying risks to the safety and wellbeing of parents and children and ensure that timely responses are delivered before risks escalate.

Using case studies of early intervention services in NSW, this project identified principles of positive practice that can strengthen practice design and delivery for DFV and early intervention services.


Project lead

A/Prof kylie valentine, University of New South Wales

Research expertise

Dr Sally Robinson, Flinders University, SA

Dr BJ Newton, Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales



Violence prevention and early intervention for mothers and children with disability: Building promising practice



Violence prevention and early intervention for mothers and children with disability: Building promising practice. Key findings and future directions

see also


Greater intersection needed between domestic violence and disability support services

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Priority populations

Women with disability, women who live in rural and remote areas (as explicit topic).



Funded by Australian Commonwealth, state and territory governments under ANROWS’s 2017 core grant round.

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