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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.


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 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.


Prioritising women’s safety in Australian perpetrator interventions: The purpose and practices of partner contact

April 2020

This project provides a deeper understanding of how men’s behaviour change programs (MBCPs) support women and children through contact with them throughout the process.

Partner contact involves working with the current or ex-partners of a program participant to provide them with support, information and safety planning.

By exploring how partner contact is practiced in MBCPs across Australia, the study identified different approaches and minimum requirements for success, gaps between theory and practice, and barriers to prioritising partner contact in environments with limited resources.

The evidence suggests that every woman with a current or former partner involved with such a program should be offered this kind of support from the program or a partner organisation.

The research resulted in the development of a Practice Guide to help frontline workers apply the evidence and prioritise victim/survivor safety when working with perpetrators of domestic and family violence.


Project Lead

Prof Donna Chung, Curtin University

Research expertise

Mr Damian Green, Curtin University

Sarah Anderson, Curtin University

Mr Rodney Vlais, Independent researcher, VIC

Practice expertise

Stopping Family Violence Inc. WA


Research report

Prioritising women’s safety in Australian perpetrator interventions: The purpose and practices of partner contact


Research summary

Prioritising women’s safety in Australian perpetrator interventions: Mapping the purpose and practices of partner contact. Key findings and future directions


Practice Guide

Prioritising women’s safety in Australian perpetrator interventions (Practice guide)



The practice of partner contact and prioritising women’s safety in domestic violence perpetrator interventions

The webinar draws on ANROWS research, Prioritising women’s safety in Australian perpetrator interventions: The purpose and practice of partner contact. The panel discuss:

  • how practitioners and services practice partner contact
  • the  strengths and challenges of partner contact practice
  • key recommendations of the research
  • the reflective practice guide to strengthen individual and organisational practice of partner contact.

Priority populations

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse women, lesbian, gay, bisexual trans* and intersex women, women who live in rural and remote areas (as a focus).



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

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Contact ANROWS

PO Box Q389, Queen Victoria Building NSW 1230
Phone: 61 2 8374 4000
| Email: enquiries@anrows.org.au

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