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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.

Researchers and research organisations

  • Apply for an ANROWS grant. Grants under the new research agenda are now open.
  • Align your ongoing projects with ANRA priorities.
  • Register your project on the ANROWS Register of Active Research (RAR), a national database for gender-based violence research in Australia.
  • Create new research projects in line with ANRA priorities.
  • Ensure your research projects are implementing the recommended ways of working.
  • Share ANRA 2023–2028 within your networks.

Policymakers and governments

  • Integrate ANRA 2023–2028 into your funding and research work.
  • Speak with colleagues about aligning their research needs to the ANRA.
  • Connect with research partners, including ANROWS, to initiate collaborations.
  • Enquire about creating a state and territory-specific research agenda with ANROWS’s support.
  • Prepare existing datasets for research access and analysis.
  • As service deliverers and funders, encourage services and practitioners to contribute to ANRA-aligned research.

Research funders (including philanthropic organisations)

  • Use ANRA 2023–2028 to guide funding choices, including to inform priorities, grant development and approvals.
  • Promote the ways of working with communities at risk of marginalisation and people with lived experience through your funding criteria.

Community organisations and service providers

  • Assess your capacity and readiness for research leadership and participation, including connecting with relevant research organisations and governments to boost capability.
  • Identify your most pressing research needs that align with the ANRA 2023–­2028 and partner with research organisations to shape projects.
  • Employ ANRA 2023–2028 to advocate for research focus and resource support.

DFSV Survivor-advocates

  • Use the ANRA 2023–2028 to support your advocacy work, including the need to work with victim-survivors as co-researchers and participants.
  • Contact ANROWS for understanding ways of participating in research if you have a research need that aligns with the ANRA.
  • Use the guidance around ways of working to negotiate your role in research leadership.

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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What are the research priorities?

The co-design workshops identified nine priority areas of research that have been organised under three topics.

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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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