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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.


News and events

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.

Register of Active Research

The ANROWS Register of Active Research (RAR) aims to provide a comprehensive landscape of research currently in progress in Australia that relates to domestic, family and sexual violence (DFSV). It lists research projects that are underway.

In November 2023 ANROWS released the Australian National Research Agenda (ANRA 2023–2028). The purpose of the ANRA is to direct research efforts towards addressing priority evidence gaps for policy and systems-wide practice design, nationally.

A centralised register of current research in priority research areas is an important resource for researchers who are considering projects and seeking research funding, and for research funders when assessing grant applications. The RAR is also a useful resource for researchers seeking to collaborate across jurisdictions and disciplines on future projects.

To be included in the RAR, research must be related to DFSV, have an Australian target population and be currently underway.

The value of the RAR increases with each relevant project registered. Therefore, we strongly encourage researchers to register project details as soon as practicable. 

Submitted projects will be uploaded to the RAR as soon as possible after registration.

Please note that while ANROWS encourages rigorous and ethical research, we are not able to quality assure the projects proposed for inclusion in the RAR. Inclusion in the RAR does not indicate an endorsement from ANROWS.



Domestic violence, social security and the couple rule

Commenced September 2017

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Preventing gender-based violence in inpatient mental health units

Commenced June 2017

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Prioritising women’s safety in Australian perpetrator interventions: The purpose and practices of partner contact

Commenced February 2017

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Women’s Input to a Trauma-informed systems model of care in Health settings: The WITH study

Commenced August 2014

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Evaluation of innovative models of interagency partnerships, collaboration, coordination and/or integrated responses to family and/or sexual violence against women in Australian Indigenous communities

Commenced June 2014

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