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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 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.

Multicultural and settlement services supporting women experiencing violence

The MuSeS project

Project Length
2+ years

There is increasing interest in reaching immigrant and refugee women experiencing violence through settlement and multicultural services, as all evidence suggests that women who have resettled in Australia face a range of particular and additional barriers that undermine access to violence-specific services.

This project aims to provide evidence about the current and potential role of settlement and multicultural services in supporting immigrant and refugee women experiencing violence.

It includes a specific focus on the interaction between the mental health of refugee women and family violence, identifying opportunities for specialist torture and trauma rehabilitation services to support refugee women experiencing family violence.


Project Lead

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

Research expertise

Dr Lana Zannettino, Flinders University

Dr Linda Murray, University of Tasmania

Dr Karen Block, University of Melbourne

Dr Adele Murdolo, 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)

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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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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