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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.


Research summary: The impacts of domestic and family violence on children (2nd ed.)

This updated research summary collates ANROWS and wider research on the impacts of domestic and family violence (DFV) on children into key findings to support practitioners and policymakers.

It outlines the major issues relevant to children, the factors preventing effective service delivery, and the policy and practice changes recommended by the researchers.

This research summary draws from two ANROWS projects that focused on children and families:

  • a study on the relationship between DFV support services for women and their children and statutory child protection (CP) organisations – the PATRICIA project (Humphreys and Healey, 2017)
  • a study on the impact of DFV on parent–child relationships (Kaspiew et al., 2017).

This summary is designed for practitioners and policymakers who want to know more about ANROWS research on the impacts of DFV on children.

Suggested citation

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety. (2018). Research summary: The impacts of domestic and family violence on children (2nd ed.; ANROWS Insights 11/2018). ANROWS.

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