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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 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.


ASPIRE: Communication barriers and family violence

This fact sheet summarises the findings from research examining the impact of communication barriers on women’s experiences of family violence. It will be useful for service providers who work with immigrant and refugee women, men and community groups.  

This fact sheet was created as part of the ASPIRE project, “Promoting community-led responses to violence against immigrant and refugee women in metropolitan and regional Australia”, which was completed in December 2016. The project worked with communities in eight locations (two inner-city, three outer-suburban, and three regional) across Victoria and Tasmania to generate evidence about immigrant and refugee women’s experiences of violence.

This fact sheet provides insight into the impact of communication barriers on immigrant and refugee women’s experiences of violence, including:

  • language as a barrier to women accessing information about family violence, services, and their rights
  • the barriers to accessing and understanding written information
  • the consequences of these communication barriers for women experiencing violence
  • the role of learning English in women’s access to safety and support
  • the strategies and solutions used by service providers to overcome these communication barriers.



Suggested citation

Vaughan, C., Davis, E., Murdolo, A., Chen, J., Murray, L., Block, K., Quiazon, R., & Warr, D. (2016). ASPIRE: Communication barriers and family violence [Fact sheet]. ANROWS.

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