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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.


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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.


Defining quality of life indicators for measuring perpetrator intervention effectiveness. Key findings and future directions

This is an edited summary of key findings from ANROWS research Defining quality of life indicators for measuring perpetrator intervention effectiveness.

The purpose of this study was to inform the development of a specific quality of life measure for women experiencing intimate partner violence. This measure could be applied in evaluations of interventions for men who use violence.

Key findings
  • Quality of life for women experiencing intimate partner violence was significantly worse than the Australian average.
  • Women experienced a broad range of fears which impacted on their quality of life.
  • Women’s top priorities for quality of life were autonomy, informal relationships and emotional health.
Key recommendations
  • Perpetrator interventions should develop program logic models that identify positive outcomes for the partners of participants as a program objective.
  • Measures of partners’ quality of life should be included in evaluations of perpetrator interventions.
  • A proposed additional set of items for assessing quality of life in the context of intimate partner violence should be tested and validated in the World Health Organisation’s Quality of Life instrument (short version) (WHOQOL-BREF).



Publication details

ANROWS Research to policy and practice papers are concise papers that summarise key findings of research on violence against women and their children, including research produced under ANROWS’s research program, and provide advice on the implications for policy and practice.


Suggested citation

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety. (2020). Women’s quality of life as a measure of effectiveness of perpetrator interventions (Research to Policy and Practice, 05/2020). Sydney, NSW: ANROWS.

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