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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.


Weathering the storm: Australia’s responses to domestic and family violence during the COVID-19 pandemic


International experiences, and known risk factors for domestic and family violence, indicate that an increase in the prevalence and severity of violence is a likely direct effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. How are Australian frontline services and government agencies responding? What successes have been achieved in mitigating these risks, and what are the lessons that can be learnt?


This project aims to investigate the short-term impact of the pandemic, and policy responses to the pandemic, on domestic and family violence in Australia.


This project will provide critical new knowledge for communities and scholarship on the extent to which, and in what circumstances, anticipated escalations in violence occurred, and those in which escalations were prevented; innovative and effective strategies used by support services to protect both families and the domestic and family violence workforce; and implications for long-term policy responses to domestic and family violence.

The research design ensures that early lessons for policy and practice will be generated and disseminated widely to stakeholders and the research community for immediate impact. The findings and design also provide a basis for more sustained research programs on one of the most significant challenges to social policy in generations.

Funding Body

UNSW Research COVID-19: Rapid Response Research Fund
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