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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.


ANRA 2023-2028

The Australian National Research Agenda (ANRA) identifies what evidence is needed to end domestic, family and sexual violence (DFSV) and how that evidence should be produced. It is a national framework, produced by ANROWS, that can be used by the community of committed people and organisations who are working to grow the evidence base: researchers, funders, policymakers, services, survivor advocates and social impact organisations. The intention of the ANRA 2023–2028 is to guide Australia’s diverse research community, to help ensure that work over the next five years is organised, purposeful and effective.


All women and children deserve to be safe from domestic, family and sexual violence. Achieving this goal requires a concerted and collective effort.

What are the research priorities?

The co-design workshops for the ANRA identified nine priority areas of research that have been organised under three topics (systems and society; populations in focus; types and patterns of violence). Further suggestions for research are set out in detail in the full Australian National Research Agenda report.

Systems and society

Priority: Structural inequities

Priority: Gender relations, gender norms and attitudes

Priority: Trauma and DFSV-informed, victim-centred systems

Populations in focus

Priority: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Priority: Children and young people

Priority: People who use DFSV

Types and patterns of violence

Priority: Sexual violence

Priority: Coercive control

Priority: Economic abuse


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What is the ANRA?

A national framework identifying what evidence is needed to end domestic, family and sexual violence and how that evidence should be produced.

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Why is the ANRA important?

With rates of violence remaining intractable, and only marginal improvements in community attitudes, this is a crucial time for research.

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How was the ANRA developed?

The ANRA was made to align with the most pressing needs of people impacted by domestic, family and sexual violence through research and co-design.

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How can you use the ANRA?

Ideas on how researchers, policymakers, funders, community organisations, service providers and advocates can use the ANRA.

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Ways of working

The co-design process for the ANRA highlighted the importance of reflecting on how research is conducted, who is engaged and on drawing from multiple knowledge sources.

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Implementation of the ANRA will take a staged approach. Its success relies on nation-wide action and collective uptake.

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see also

research paper

The Australian National Research Agenda to End Violence against Women and Children (ANRA) 2023–2028


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Australia’s National Research Agenda to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children (ANRA) 2020-2022


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National Research Agenda May 2014


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Email: enquiries@anrows.org.au      

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