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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 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

About ANROWS

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.

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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.


EXTERNALLY FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECTS

Workplace sexual harassment: A national study to inform new prevention and early intervention strategies

Background

There is increasing recognition across Australia of the prevalence and impacts of workplace sexual harassment. Despite this recognition, responses remain inadequate. The Australian Human Rights Commission (2018, p.34) highlights that current approaches ‘have failed to prevent and reduce workplace sexual harassment’. Encouragingly, workplaces want guidance on how to best address this issue, providing an opportunity to apply the principles of primary prevention to support the eradication of sexual harassment in workplace settings. In this project we centre victim-survivor insights and lived experience expertise to better understand the perpetration of workplace sexual harassment and to inform strategies and responses that can be implemented by workplaces.

Aim

This project has four key aims:

1. To examine opportunities to better identify, prevent and respond to workplace sexual harassment across industry groups and priority populations,

2. To create a robust evidence-base on victim-survivors’ views on opportunities for early intervention and improved responses to workplace sexual harassment,

3. To examine the degree to which workplace culture presents as a barrier to early intervention and response, including the capacity of bystanders,
To generate new insights and workplace focused recommendations to support improved policy and practice.

Methods

Recognising the critical gap in current knowledge, this project will survey 2000 Australians, including victim-survivors and bystanders, to complete a large-scale national study examining the prevention of, and early interventions for, workplace sexual harassment.

Using a large-scale survey comprising both quantitative and qualitative components this project will enhance current understandings of workplace sexual harassment with a key focus on enhancing early intervention, prevention and response strategies.

Project findings will be relevant to all Australian state and territory jurisdictions.

Significance

This project will generate the new knowledge needed to inform improved policy and practice responses to workplace sexual harassment across a range of public and private Australian businesses and industries.

Funding Body

Safe and Equal @ Work funded by the Victorian Higher Education State Investment Fund (VHESIF)

Project start date

May 2021

Expected completion date

June 2023
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