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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.

The MuSeS project

Multicultural and settlement services supporting women experiencing violence

May 2020

There is increasing interest in reaching migrant and refugee women experiencing family violence through settlement and multicultural services. This is because evidence suggests that women who have resettled in Australia face a range of particular and additional barriers that can hinder access to violence-specific services.

This project provides evidence about the current and potential role of settlement and multicultural services in supporting migrant and refugee women experiencing violence. The research was conducted by university-based researchers in partnership with the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health in Victoria.

The project found that multicultural and settlement service providers regularly encounter and support clients experiencing family violence. However, services’ capacity to respond to the needs of their clients is constrained by limited funding and service scope, and limited options for referral. Importantly, the project also identified core practices that strengthen the services’ capacity to respond, such as training, organisational support structures, and community connectedness.


Project Lead

Dr Cathy Vaughan, University of Melbourne (Early Career Researcher)

Research expertise

Dr Lana Zannettino, Flinders University

Dr Carolyn Gregoric, Flinders University

Dr Linda Murray, University of Tasmania

Mariyam Suha, University of Tasmania

Dr Karen Block, University of Melbourne

Claire Sullivan, University of Melbourne

Yara Jarallah, University of Melbourne

Jeanine Hourani, University of Melbourne

Sarah Khaw, University of Melbourne

Dr Adele Murdolo, Multicultural Centre For Women's Health Inc.

Dr Jasmin Chen, Multicultural Centre For Women’s Health Inc.

Dr Regina Quiazon, Multicultural Centre For Women's Health Inc.

Practice expertise

Mr Dean Barker, Australian Red Cross, TAS

Ms Wendy Lobwein, Senior Manager PVAW, AMES, VIC

Ms Eugenia Tsoulis, CEO, Australian Migrant Resource Centre (South Australia)

Mr Jo Szwarc, Manager Research and Policy, Foundation House (The Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Inc)



Multicultural and Settlement services Supporting women experiencing violence: The MuSeS Project



Multicultural and Settlement services Supporting women experiencing violence: The MuSeS project. Key findings and future directions



What we know:
how multicultural and settlement services support women experiencing violence

see also


Promoting community-led responses to violence against immigrant and refugee women in metropolitan and regional Australia: The ASPIRE Project

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research paper

The MuSeS study external website

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Strengthening capacity for multicultural and settlement services to support women experiencing violence

This webinar unpacks ANROWS research, ‘Multicultural and settlement services supporting women experiencing violence: The MuSeS project’. The expert panel of researchers and practitioners discuss:

  • how multicultural and settlement services regularly encounter and respond to clients who are experiencing violence
  • the strengths and constraints impacting service provision
  • key recommendations of the research for policy and practice.

Priority populations

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse women (as explicit topic).



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

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Contact ANROWS

PO Box Q389, Queen Victoria Building NSW 1230
Email: enquiries@anrows.org.au

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