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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.



News and events

ANROWS host events as part of its knowledge translation and exchange work, including public lectures, workshops and research launches. Details of upcoming ANROWS, and stakeholder events, along with sector news is 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.

State of knowledge

Building effective policies and services to promote women’s economic security following domestic violence

This state of knowledge paper outlines what is currently known about the economic tactics and financial impact of domestic violence, and ways to promote women’s economic security during and following violence.

Research and policy literature highlights the need for action to build both the immediate and longer term economic security of women who have experienced domestic violence, and identifies strategies in a range of areas.

A key challenge is the need for increased services and integrated responses across a diverse range of policy areas in order to respond to the multifaceted nature of domestic violence.

This paper identifies the need to make economic issues primary components of domestic violence prevention and responses, and to ensure income support, employment, housing, financial, legal and other systems work more effectively together to prevent, identify and respond to the economic tactics and impacts of domestic violence.

This work is part of the ANROWS Landscapes series. ANROWS Landscapes (State of knowledge papers) are medium length papers that scope current knowledge on an issue related to violence against women and their children. Papers will draw on empirical research, including research produced under ANROWS’s research program, and/or practice knowledge.


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