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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.


Knowledge translation resources

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.


“What works” to reduce and respond to violence against women: Evidence synthesis, methods and communication

Project length
24 months

This study will develop a “What Works” Framework, and provide an overview of the existing evidence in relation to what works to prevent and respond to violence against women. The resulting Framework will support policy and program staff in government and throughout the family, domestic and sexual violence (FDSV) service sector to assess the evidence and effectiveness of different interventions, programs and strategies and make decisions in relation to research design, priorities and evidence gaps.

Specifically, this project will develop:

  1. A Framework, guidance and tools to support an assessment of the value of FDSV initiatives and support researchers and funders to determine research priorities and study design; and
  2. An accessible overview of the existing evidence base of “what works” to reduce and respond to violence against women disseminated through a webpage as well as a series of what works publications.

The review methodology is informed by the scoping review approach and evidence mapping to ensure a broad range of evaluations are included, regardless of specific study design. Our approach recognises the diversity of methods used in this field by researchers from a wide range of disciplines.


Project leads

Dr Dominiek Coates, Director, Research Program, ANROWS

Research team

Francy Bulic, Senior Research Officer, ANROWS

Dr Megan Rose, Research Officer, ANROWS

Dr Tamsin Angus-Leppan, Research Officer, ANROWS

Dr Maria Koleth, Research Officer, ANROWS

Cassandra Dawes, Research Officer, ANROWS

Charlotte Bell, Research Officer, ANROWS

Research partners

The project will include an Advisory Group comprising representatives from government and non-government organisations, including policy experts, FDSV subject matter experts, and individuals with technical expertise relevant to the project (incl. expertise in evidence frameworks, evaluation design, cost evaluations, research methods, evidence synthesis, scoping reviews and evidence mapping).

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