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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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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.


Practices of emergency department clinicians to identify and respond to domestic and family violence: A systematic review


Screening for family violence is a much-discussed topic in emergency medicine.


The aims of this study were to synthesise the evidence on:
- practices of emergency department clinicians to identify and respond to patients experiencing domestic and family violence
- the impact of emergency department clinicians’ response to patients experiencing domestic and family violence on patient outcomes and health services.


This systematic review was conducted in accordance with the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) protocol. A protocol for this systematic review was submitted for registration to the International Prospective Register of Systematic Reviews on 27 October 2019 (CRD42020149262).
The initial formal search was conducted at Monash University on 19 October 2019, involving three of the systematic review team members with two experienced literature review search staff from the university.
This search established an initial list of 2,175 articles.


The results are likely to inform both policy and practice, particularly regarding the impacts on clinicians and patients.

Project start date

May 2019

Expected completion date

December 2021
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