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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.


Safe@Home: Experiences, Barriers and Access (SHEBA)


The rise in women becoming homeless due to family violence has prompted interest in a new response model, known as the "Safe at Home" approach, in which women and their children can remain in homes connected with community, work and educational ties, and reduce the risk of poverty and homelessness that often comes with leaving a violent situation.

The "Safe at Home: Experience, Barriers and Access (SHEBA)" project will create a comprehensive knowledge bank to strengthen the Victorian response to family violence, in both policy and practice.


Through interviews with women with lived experience, as well as practitioners and policy workers, the project will examine the effectiveness of personal safety initiatives (PSIs) and other strategies designed to help women and children stay safely in their homes, while the perpetrator leaves.

Particular attention will be given to women who have been marginalised and experience compounding issues of discrimination, with support for victims and survivors from partner organisations ensured before, during and after interviews. The SHEBA project will also look at the implications of a Safe at Home approach in times of disaster and emergencies.

A broad cross section of expertise will underpin the project, comprising the University of Melbourne, University of New South Wales, McAuley Community Services for Women, Good Shepherd Australia and New Zealand, inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence, the Centre for Non-Violence, and the WEAVERs (Women and their children who have Experienced Abuse and Violence) researchers and advisors.


Findings from the project will be accessible to those working in the family violence sector, with an advisory group (made up of partner organisation representatives) presenting results to an existing working group chaired by McAuley and Victoria Police. The groups include the partner universities as key members, and police, courts, and family violence and men’s services as interested stakeholders.

Funding Body

Family Safety Victoria, Family Violence Research Program

Project start date

July 2022

Expected completion date

July 2024
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