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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.


The intersections of family violence and sexual offending


Family violence and sexual offending are critical global problems, with varying definitions and frameworks. "The intersections of family violence and sexual offending" project aims to explore the impacts of conceptualising and responding to family violence and sexual offending as separate versus coinciding constructs. Sexual offending occurs within and outside of intimate partner relationships, so what are the advantages and problems of using "family violence" as an overarching framework to encompass sexual offending? What are the concerns when we only look at these interpersonal harms and victim–offender dynamics through a "family violence" or "sexual violence" lens? Are there missed opportunities to ensure the safety of child and adult victims and survivors?


This project aims to tie together international literature, case studies and expert knowledge to engage critical consideration and inform future policy, practice and research. Its ultimate objective is to strengthen approaches to family violence and sexual offending.


This projects conducts literature reviews and online semi-structured interviews with stakeholders who have professional knowledge and experience in the field of family violence and/or sexual offending (e.g. practitioners, researchers).


We aim to disseminate our findings as a book for practitioners, policymakers, academics and students. This will be one of the first resources that provides an in-depth discussion of the juncture between family violence and sexual offending, with a focus on the challenges of addressing these concepts together versus separately. We expect this project will help to inform future policy and practice, largely in the domains of social policy and criminal justice.

Project start date

October 2020

Expected completion date

October 2021
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