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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 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.


“Whatever it takes”: Access for women with disabilities to domestic and family violence services: Interactive poster

Dyson, S., Frawley, P & Robinson, S (2017)

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One size does not fit all – just like with a t-shirt.

When it does not fit it does not feel right.

A young girl wearing a t-shirt that does not fit her. She looks upset. Next to her is a speech bubble that says 'My t-shirt does not fit!'

The service fits, it feels right for you – just like a well fitting t-shirt.

A woman is smiling and sitting in a wheelchair. Next to her is a speech bubble that says 'I've found the right fit!'

Accessible services are:

Approachable: This means women know the service is there, you can find it, get to it and you feel OK going there.

Acceptable & Appropriate: This means it fits for the woman, she gets to say if it is working for her.

Affordable: It should not cost you money to get there, to be there and to go as often as you need to.

Available: This means it is there for YOU and you can use it like other women do.

Learn more about access

Involve women with disabilities in the service.

Hear and use women’s stories in the service.

The voice doesn’t only tell a story, it has an owner.

Develop peer support groups for women.

Collaborate with women with disabilities and women with disability advocacy organisations to shape services.

Include women with disabilities on the board and other planning groups in the service.

A woman standing with a seeing eye dog next to her. There is a speech bubble that says 'Nothing about us without us'.

Learn more about involving women

Services need to work together.

You pack the t-shirt and take it everywhere you go – it stretches and changes with you. Services can see it and don’t need to ask you what t-shirt you want.

A woman wearing a t-shirt and smiling. There are four icons around her with a dotted line connecting them in a circle. The first icon is an ambulance. The second is a police car. The third is a building. The fourth is a person wearing a headset with a microphone.

Learn more about collaboration

Collect and use information about the experiences of women with a disability WITH women with disability.

Data collection Asking us about our experiences.

Data analysis Involving us in talking about what can be learned from our experiences.

Data translation Working together to get the word out about doing things better.

A girl smiling. There are two arrows curving around her in a circle. Next to her is a speech bubble that says 'Finding out about us with us.'

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Use of this work must cite ANROWS as the source.
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