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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.


Multicultural and Settlement services Supporting women experiencing violence: The MuSeS project. Key findings and future directions

This is an edited summary of key findings from ANROWS research Multicultural and settlement services supporting women experiencing violence: The MuSeS project.

This study explored how multicultural and settlement services can better support women experiencing violence.

Key findings
  • Multicultural and settlement service providers regularly encounter and support clients experiencing family violence.
  • Services’ capacity to respond is strengthened by staff training, organisational support structures, and community connectedness.
  • Services’ capacity to respond is undermined by limited funding and service scope, and limited options for referral.
Key recommendations
  • Recognise multicultural and settlement services as an integral part of the family violence system.
  • Build the bilingual/bicultural workforce within the family violence sector.
  • Within multicultural and settlement services, embed protocols for risk assessment, ensure training for staff and volunteers, and address stress and staff turnover.
  • Strengthen collaboration between the family violence sector and the multicultural and settlement services sector.



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). Multicultural and Settlement services Supporting women experiencing violence: the MuSeS project (Research to policy and practice, 11/2020). Sydney: ANROWS.

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