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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.


Knowledge transfer and exchange

ANROWS host activities as part of its knowledge transfer and exchange (KTE) 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.


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.


Women, disability and violence: Creating access to justice

April 2018

“Women, disability and violence: creating access to justice” will investigate the experiences of women with disability in relation to violence and subsequent access to justice.

While it is recognised that women with disability are vulnerable to high rates of violence, there is an on-going need to gather systematic data about women’s experiences of violence in order to enhance prevention and response. This project aims to give primacy to the voices and knowledge of women with disability in order to better understand their experiences of violence, especially sexual assault and intimate partner violence, and pathways and barriers to accessing support and justice responses to such violence.

This is an 18-month qualitative project involving a literature review, focus groups with fifty women and 12 stakeholder interviews with service providers and enforcement officers. In partnership with People With Disability Australia, findings from the research will produce grounded research outcomes for women with disability and advocacy and support organisations. The findings will inform the development of a targeted workshop (delivered in person and on-line) focused on enhancing service and enforcement responses to disclosures of violence by women with disability.


Principal Chief Investigator:

Associate Professor JaneMaree Maher, Centre for Women’s Studies & Gender Research, Sociology, School of Social Sciences, Monash University

Chief Investigators:

Dr Claire Spivakovsky, Criminology, School of Social Sciences, Monash University

Professor Jude McCulloch, Criminology, School of Social Sciences Monash University

Dr Jessica Cadwallader, People with Disability Australia



Women, disability and violence: Barriers to accessing justice Key findings and future directions



Women, disability and violence: Barriers to accessing justice: Final Report



Women, Disability and Violence: Knowledge Translation and Exchange Workshop

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$230,000 (approx.)

Funded by Australian Commonwealth, state and territory governments under ANROWS’s 2014 core grant round.

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PO Box Q389, Queen Victoria Building NSW 1230
Phone: 61 2 8374 4000
| Email: enquiries@anrows.org.au

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