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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.


National burden of disease study examining the impact of violence against women

October 2016

VicHealth’s 2004 study The Health Costs of Violence: Measuring the burden of disease caused by intimate partner violence provided valuable policy and practice relevant information on the health impacts of intimate partner violence on women.

The study was, however, limited to the Victorian context and is now over 10 years old. Burden of disease is a modelling technique that combines multiple data sources to count and compare the total fatal and non‑fatal health loss from diseases and injuries in a population.

This national burden of disease study explored the health impacts of intimate partner violence across Australia. Being undertaken under Australia’s national burden of disease framework, it used an updated methodology developed since the 2004 VicHealth study and is based on contemporary international best practice refined to match the Australian context. The researchers for this study also included members of the research team from the Australian Burden of Disease Study (ABDS) 2011.

This project provides information on the amount of health lost due to death and ill health from intimate partner violence nationally, and provide estimates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. This work will contribute to population health monitoring, health and violence against women policy development, health service planning and research. The project developed specific recommendations on extending this type of study to other forms of violence against women (e.g., sexual assault and children victimised by violence experienced within their family in the context of violence against women).

The project provided evidence on a national scale about:

  • what impact intimate partner violence has on women’s health; and
  • how this impact can be measured for other forms of violence against women.


Principal chief investigators:

Dr Lynelle Moon, Head, Australian Burden of Disease Unit and Lead Analyst, national component of the Australian Burden of Disease Study, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

Professor Marie Connolly, Department of Social Work, University of Melbourne.

Chief investigators:

Ms Kim Webster, Independent Consultant

Ms Julie Ayre, Analyst, Australian Burden of Disease Study, AIHW

Ms Miriam Lum On, Project Manager and Senior Analyst, Australian Burden of Disease Study, AIHW

Ms Michelle Gourley, Head, Indigenous Modelling and Research Unit and Lead Analyst, Indigenous component of the Australian Burden of Disease Study, AIHW

Dr Vanessa Prescott, Senior Analyst, Australian Burden of Disease Study, AIHW

Research partners / team members:

Barry Sandison, CEO, AIHW

Dr Fadwa Al-Yaman, AIHW

Ms Louise York, AIHW



Examination of the health outcomes of intimate partner violence against women: State of knowledge paper



A preventable burden: Measuring and addressing the prevalence and health impacts of intimate partner violence in Australian women: Key findings and future directions



Examination of the burden of disease of intimate partner violence against women in 2011: Final report

see also


National burden of disease, intimate partner violence infographics

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ANROWS Inaugural National Research Conference 2016

This webinar focusses on the methods that underpin the national burden of disease study examining the impact of violence against women project. The webinar includes a presentation by Dr Lynelle Moon, Ms Miriam Lum On and Ms Michelle Gourley from the AIHW. The webinar is divided into four sections, and viewers may jump to the information most relevant to them:

Section 1 Section 2 Section 3 Section 4
Background – Lynelle Moon: 2.05 Methods – Miriam Lum On: 20.05 Results – Michelle Gourley: 45.50 Strengths and limitations – Lynelle Moon: 57.45


Download National Burden of Disease slides Lynelle Moon and Kim Webster




$200,000 (max.)

Funded by Australian Commonwealth, state and territory governments under ANROWS’s 2014 core grant round.

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