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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.


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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 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.


Best practice for working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities in addressing violence against women

This resource captures ten insights from ANROWS’s Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Projects with Action Research (CALD PAR) initiative.

The initiative comprised a total of 26 action research projects: 18 focused on primary prevention of violence against women, and 8 focused on creating safer pathways to crisis and support services for victims and survivors.

The projects were led by local services across Australia including multicultural and settlement services and legal, health and other community services.

ANROWS supported the projects to use action research to evaluate and learn from their activities, and published a report highlighting 10 insights from the initiative, which are summarised in the resource.

The report highlights the importance of intersectional practice that:

  • connects with communities to learn more about how experiences of oppression, privilege and colonial structures intersect in local contexts
  • critically reflects on inequalities in power and privilege between project teams and different community groups
  • collaborates and builds coalitions with community groups, services and individuals to work towards systemic change.

The 10 insights identify directions for future work in increasing strengths-based community engagement, using aspirational language to frame activities and, building capacity in culturally safe practice and supporting bicultural workers.

This resource supports policy makers and practitioners in further understanding the drivers of violence and responses to violence against women from an intersectional perspective, and translates the findings of the CALD PAR initiative.



Suggested citation

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety. (2021). Best practice for working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities in addressing violence against women (ANROWS Insights, 03/2021). ANROWS.

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