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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.


News and events

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.

The Healing Foundation

WorkUP Queensland

ANROWS has partnered with The Healing Foundation to deliver WorkUP Queensland, a workforce planning and development service for the sexual violence, domestic and family violence and women’s health and wellbeing sector.


The service, funded by the Queensland Government is the first comprehensive workforce planning exercise to be undertaken for this sector in Queensland.




WorkUP brings The Healing Foundation’s strong connection to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and healing, backed by the expertise of ANROWS in facilitating evidence-based policy and practice.

Informed and driven by frontline providers, WorkUP’s objective is to address workforce-related challenges and opportunities to grow the workforce and better support current and future workers.


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Practice studios

Through a series of industry-led initiatives, aimed at strengthening the workforce and its practice, WorkUP is supporting enhanced quality and consistency in domestic and family violence service provision across the state.

ANROWS is leveraging knowledge translation and exchange expertise to facilitate the development and roll out of ‘practice studios’. Practice studios bring current evidence, research and knowledge to life in real world settings. Organisations hosting practice studios will lead the way in discovering what it takes to implement evidence in practice. Using action research, host services will take evidence based resources and strategies and ‘road test’ or refine them for implementation. Lessons learned and resources developed will be shared across the sector, so that the benefits can be amplified.


Activities undertaken

In 2019, WorkUP commenced initial engagement with stakeholders across the sector in ten locations across the state. The Designing, Driving and Leading change forums brought sector representatives together to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the sector. Information generated from these forums will result in regional, and statewide strategic workforce plans.


See also:

WorkUp Queensland website

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research

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Practitioner support page

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