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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 host events as part of its knowledge translation and exchange work, including public lectures, workshops and research launches. Details of upcoming ANROWS, and stakeholder events, along with sector news is 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.

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Sexual violence and assault

ANROWS research explores the contexts, dynamics and impacts of sexual violence and sexual assault on general and priority populations, service delivery and support for women who have experienced sexual violence and interventions for people with harmful sexual behaviours.

Below is a collection of resources, research papers, reports and research projects about sexual violence and assault.

Papers and reports

Sexual assault and domestic violence in the context of co-occurrence and re-victimisation: State of knowledge paper

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Australians’ attitudes to violence against women and gender equality. Findings from the 2017 National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey

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Links between alcohol consumption and domestic and sexual violence against women:
Key findings and future directions

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National Risk Assessment Principles for domestic and family violence

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Fact sheets and resources


Australians’ attitudes to violence against women and gender equality (NCAS)

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Fact sheet

Violence against women:
Accurate use of key statistics

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Fact sheet

Fast Facts:
Impacts of family, domestic and family violence

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Establishing the connection:
Guidelines for practitioners and clinicians in the sexual assault and alcohol and other drug sectors

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National Risk Assessment Principles for domestic and family violence: Quick reference guide for practitioners

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Fact sheet

Personal Safety Survey 2016 Fact Sheet

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Current ANROWS research projects

Constructions of complex trauma and implications for women’s wellbeing and safety from violence

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Crossing the line: Lived experience of sexual violence among trans women from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds in Australia

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Evaluating community-based approaches to sexual offender reintegration

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Good practice in delivering and evaluating interventions for young people with harmful sexual behaviours

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Further reading

ANROWS library:
Sexual violence & assault reading list

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ANROWS Contact

Elizabeth Orr, ARS Project Leader
Phone: 03 9667 9035 | Email: elizabeth.orr@anrows.org.au


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