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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.


Sexual offence interviewing: Towards victim-survivor well-being and justice


This project aims to improve the way victim-survivors are interviewed in sexual offence cases by examining their experiences and perceptions of investigative interview techniques. It expects to generate new knowledge about interview techniques that can promote victim well-being and bolster sexual offence investigations. Expected outcomes include new theoretical frameworks in the field of investigative interviewing and an innovative toolkit of victim-centred training resources to directly inform investigative interview policies and practices in sexual offence cases. Anticipated benefits include better victim experiences of investigative interviews and enhanced justice responses to sexual violence.


This project aims to elevate the voices of Australian adult victim-survivors of sexual violence and draw on their lived experience of investigative interviews to advance scholarship and practice in sexual offence interviewing.
The research seeks to:
1. Explore victim-survivors’ experiences of investigative interviews in sexual offence cases and suggestions for improvement.
2. Examine victim-survivors’ perceptions of current and emerging investigative interviewing techniques and their potential to promote victim well-being.
3. Exemplify news ways of thinking about knowledge and practice in the investigative interviewing field.


The project is being conducted in three phases and includes:

  • Qualitative interviews with adult victim-survivors in Australia
  • An online survey of victim-survivors in Australia
  • Focus groups and the development of victim-centred and trauma-informed training resources

Funding Body

ARC (DE240100109)

Funding Budget


Project start date

January 2024

Expected completion date

September 2027
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