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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.

National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey (NCAS)

The National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey (NCAS) is the world’s longest-running, population-level survey of community attitudes towards violence against women.

The NCAS tells us how people understand violence against women, their attitudes towards it, and if there has been a change over time. It also gauges attitudes to gender equality and people’s preparedness to intervene when witnessing abuse or disrespect towards women.






The last NCAS was conducted in 2017. In addition to implementing the 2021 survey, ANROWS received funding from the Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS) to conduct two qualitative research studies investigating concerning findings from the 2017 results.


2017 NCAS results

While Australians’ attitudes to violence against women and gender equality are improving, there are some concerning trends.

The 2017 NCAS interviewed over 17,500 Australians 16 years of age and over.

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Mistrust study

Evidence shows that false reporting of sexual assault is rare. However, there are high levels of community mistrust in women’s reports of sexual assault victimisation in some contexts.

This study aimed to develop an understanding of what drives attitudes of mistrust and to contribute to debunking myths about sexual assault.

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Young people’s attitudes study

Young people’s knowledge of violence against women has declined over time and, in 2017, was lower than that of other age groups.

This study explored young people’s understandings of relationship norms and how abusive dynamics may be considered part of “normal” relationships. This will highlight opportunities for education and primary prevention.

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