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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 views of Australian judicial officers on domestic and family violence perpetrator interventions

June 2020

This project contributes to an understanding of judicial views, understandings and practices in relation to perpetrator interventions and how these views may influence overall perpetrator accountability within the system of perpetrator interventions.

The project focused on perpetrator interventions that are available to courts to address DFV, namely:

  • sentencing for DFV-related offences
  • family violence intervention orders (FVIOs)
  • perpetrator intervention programs, including voluntary or mandated behaviour change programs and other offender programs, case management and clinical services targeting DFV perpetrators.

Through looking at the role that judicial officers play in administering these three types of perpetrator interventions, the project aimed to support the development of judicial information and guidance to enhance the effective use of perpetrator interventions in Australian state and territory courts.

Further information

Additional information about this project can be found on the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre website.


Project Lead

Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Monash University

Research expertise

Professor JaneMaree Maher, Monash University

Professor Jude McCulloch, Monash University

Kate Thomas, Monash University

Dr Jasmine McGowan, Monash University

Jessica Burley, Monash University

Dr Naomi Pfitzner, Monash University

Practice Expertise

Professor Gregory Reinhardt, The Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration

Cynthia Marwood, The Victorian Sentencing Advisory Council


Research report

The views of Australian judicial officers on domestic and family violence perpetrator interventions


Research summary

The views of Australian judicial officers on domestic and family violence perpetrator interventions: Key findings and future directions

see also


The use of domestic and family violence perpetrator interventions in sentencing: A national overview

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Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Professor JaneMaree Maher and Dr Jasmine McGowan speak about the background and key findings of the Perpetrator Interventions project



Funded by Commonwealth Department of Social Services.

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