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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.

National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey (NCAS)

Findings from the 2017 National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey are now live. Read them at ncas.anrows.org.au/findings

The National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey, or NCAS, is a resource for anyone wanting to understand and prevent the serious and prevalent problem of violence against women.

It can be used by community educators, policy-makers, program planners, researchers, journalists, and students.

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

The survey collects information through telephone interviews with over 17,500 Australians 16 years of age and over. Results are analysed for:

  • the Australian community as a whole;
  • each state and territory;
  • young people;
  • Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders;
  • people from non-English speaking backgrounds;
  • people with disabilities; and
  • other relevant demographic and contextual indicators.

The NCAS is the world’s longest-running survey of community attitudes towards violence against women. The first survey took place in 1987. It has evolved over time, with the current NCAS based on a survey used in 1995.

Find out more about the NCAS here.


Along with the 2017 NCAS summary report, additional resources are available to help assist in the communication of NCAS findings and messages. These include:

  • Infographics;
  • Key messages guide;
  • An NCAS 2017 “cheat sheet”, with information about the survey, itself
  • Standard responses to possible questions from the public
  • Infographics for use on social media
  • A copy of the ANROWS media release
  • A video on the 2017 NCAS key findings; and
  • A summary video of the 2017 NCAS findings.
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