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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.


Victoria Legal Aid Specialist Family Violence Court: Client advisory study


This project is part of Victoria Legal Aid's (VLA) ongoing commitment to improve the legal services available to people who access the Specialist Family Violence Court system. This includes understanding how men who are required to appear in court for a family violence intervention order (FVIO) experience the legal system and the extent to which their pre-appearance, appearance and post-appearance needs are met.


The aim of this project is to improve the Specialist Family Violence Court’s response to family violence. This project considers all research questions for men from non-English speaking backgrounds (NESB), First Nations men and Anglo men.


There are three phases of this project. Phases 1 and 2 were conducted through community consultation with men (n=13) who have been to court for an FVIO. Community consultations were conducted remotely on a one-on-one interview basis using a set of pre-determined guiding questions from VLA. In Phase 1 a total of seven Anglo (n=4) and First Nations (n=3) men were interviewed. In Phase 2, a total of six men of NESB were interviewed: half (n=3) were of Afghani background, two were of Indian background (n=2) and one of Sri Lankan background (n=1). Phase 3 is currently underway.


The findings of this study have important implications for VLA and the FVIO legal system. The findings of this research demonstrate that the existing system could better meet the needs of men going through FVIO processes and provides specific examples of how these improvements could be made. Under Phase 3 of this project, VLA is currently translating the research findings into prototype policies which will then be shared back to research participants, enabling participants to participate in this important feedback loop. Phase 3 will be completed by the end of 2021.

Funding Body

Victoria Legal Aid

Funding Budget


Project start date

October 2020

Expected completion date

December 2021
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