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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.


Knowledge transfer and exchange

ANROWS host activities as part of its knowledge transfer and exchange (KTE) 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.


Knowledge translation resources

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.


Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Projects with Action Research

Project Length
2+ years

The Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Projects with Action Research (CALD PAR) initiative is funded by the Department of Social Services and continues until April 2020.

Through this initiative, ANROWS is assisting 26 organisations across Australia to apply an action research approach to their projects that work with culturally and linguistically diverse CALD communities on issues of family and domestic violence.

This approach supports organisations to collect valuable information during the life of the project, evaluate the effectiveness of their activities and share findings and lessons for future practice.

During this initiative, ANROWS will host three national workshops on action research, the prevention of gender-based violence and safer pathways for CALD communities to use mainstream services. In partnership with Our Watch, ANROWS is also supporting a Community of Practice to encourage the 26 organisations to build strong networks and regularly share ideas, successes and challenges.

Eighteen projects are focusing on the prevention of violence against women and their children in local communities, and eight projects aim to create safer pathways for women and their children to access mainstream crisis and support services.

The central goal of action research is to create positive change and develop practical solutions to local problems. It offers flexibility and collaboration and contributes to building a body of evidence during the course of everyday work. Action research requires ongoing reflection on project directions and outcomes. It provides organisations with opportunities to adapt and change project activities (if this is required due to changed circumstances or indicated by the information gathered) to ensure that better outcomes are achieved. Action research encourages an open exploration of what is and what is not working and supports innovation without fear of failure.

The CALD PAR initiative builds on lessons learned from the ANROWS Building Safe Communities for Women and their Children (BSCW) action research initiative that supported 40 projects to develop and implement solutions to reduce violence against women and their children in local communities. The BSCW final report and a compendium of stories can be found on the ANROWS website.

Findings & insights

ANROWS has supported CALD PAR projects to share the findings and insights from their action research through digital stories, project stories, posters and other resources. These creative methods of sharing findings have enabled projects to highlight the diversity, depth and nuance of what works in the prevention of VAW and creating safer pathways to support services for CALD communities. They have enabled projects to both make their findings accessible to the widest audience and to translate their research into further action through creating resources for CALD communities. The digital stories, project stories, posters will be progressively available from August – November, 2019.




Digital stories

Stories that feature empowering and culturally responsive messages about prevention and pathways to support from community leaders, participants and services, produced by the CALD PAR projects.


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Project stories

Findings from the CALD PAR projects, with insights into their action research processes, key learnings and recommendations for policy-makers and practitioners.

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Find action research related resources that would be helpful to researchers, community workers and others working on action research projects



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Contact ANROWS

PO Box Q389, Queen Victoria Building NSW 1230
Phone: 61 2 8374 4000
| Email: enquiries@anrows.org.au

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