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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.


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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.

Practice framework

Connecting the dots

A strengths-based practice framework for responding to the needs and priorities of children and young people with disability who experience domestic and family violence

This practice framework outlines the key principles and elements of strength-based practice when working with children and young people with disability and experiences of domestic and family violence (DFV). It will be useful to practitioners and practice designers working across systems that encounter young people with disability.  

This strength-based collaborative practice framework was developed out of the “Connecting the dots: Understanding the DFV experiences of children and young people with disability within and across sectors” research project, led by Sally Robinson of Flinders University. This research found that children with disability make up approximately 30 per cent of children who have experienced domestic and family violence (DFV). When seeking help for these experiences, this group and their families often encounter multiple service systems, including health, justice, police, DFV and child protection, and report a range of unmet service needs.

This framework is the latest in a series of ANROWS resources that prioritise the need to understand children and young people experiencing DFV as victims and survivors in their own right. Integrating evidence from research, practice theories, ethical principles and lived expertise, it outlines key principles and elements for strengths-based practice when working with children and young people with disability who have experienced DFV.



Suggested citation

Foley, K., Robinson, S., valentine, k., Burton, J., Marshall, A., Smith, R., & Moore, T. (2023). Connecting the dots [Practice framework]. ANROWS.

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