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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.


What Works to reduce and respond to violence against women

Project length
24 months

This project will produce a "What Works" framework to support the assessment of the overall value and effectiveness of family, domestic and sexual violence (FDSV) interventions, programs and strategies. To respond to and reduce the impact and incidence of violence against women (VAW), there is a need to develop a comprehensive understanding of what works, what might work and what doesn’t work, and make this evidence accessible to policymakers, service designers and practitioners.

This project will develop:

  • an evidence portal/What Works framework that allows for comparison between different practices and summarises the evidence base in relation to what works to reduce or respond to VAW
  • accessible and practical information about the applicability and implementation of interventions
  • directions for future research, including suggestions in terms of research design and recommendations around the measurement of outcomes.

The What Works framework will capture:

  • what works or doesn’t work to reduce or respond to VAW
  • what works for whom, in what circumstances, to what extent, how and why.


The development of the evidence portal and resources will be informed by a comprehensive review of the literature. The review approach consists of a systematic evidence mapping process and a series of systematic evidence reviews. Given the breadth and complexity of the existing evidence and diversity of study methods used in the VAW research field, this study commenced with evidence mapping, followed by more focused research syntheses for a range of interventions.



This project will provide an overview of “what works” across the entire VAW field, including primary prevention and secondary and tertiary response, and capture the range of evaluation methods used. The deliverables will support policy and program staff in government and throughout the FDSV service sector to assess the evidence and effectiveness of different programs and interventions (including cost effectiveness) and make decisions in relation to research design, priorities and gaps.



Reducing relationship and sexual violence: Findings from reviews about the effectiveness of respectful relationships and bystander programs in school and tertiary education settings



The effectiveness of interventions for perpetrators of domestic and family violence: An overview of findings from reviews



Project lead

Associate Professor Dominiek Coates, Director, Research Program, ANROWS

Research team

Francy Bulic, Senior Research Officer, ANROWS

Dr Tamsin Angus-Leppan, Research Officer, ANROWS

Dr Megan Rose, Research Officer, ANROWS

Dr Maria Koleth, Research Officer, ANROWS

Cassandra Dawes, Senior Research Officer (Acting), ANROWS

Charlotte Bell, Senior Research Officer (Acting), ANROWS

Dr Grant O’Sullivan, Senior Research Officer, ANROWS

Dr Barbara K Trojanowska, Research Officer, ANROWS

Dr Holly Blackmore, Research Officer, ANROWS

Annie Smith, Senior Research Officer, ANROWS

Victoria Rasmussen, Research Officer, ANROWS

Dr Brigitte Gilbert, Research Officer, ANROWS

Research partners

The project will include both an advisory group and a reference 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 (including expertise in evidence frameworks, evaluation design, cost evaluations, research methods, evidence synthesis, scoping reviews and evidence mapping).

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