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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.


Cultural safety principles and guidelines

This resource proposes a set of principles to guide culturally safe practice when working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities.  

As part of ANROWS’s Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Participatory Action Research (CALD PAR) initiative, a set of principles was developed with the aim of enabling an environment where cultural diversity is celebrated, and all participants feel safe to express their opinions openly. These principles are complemented by drawing upon the ANROWS code of conduct. While this resource builds upon the findings of the CALD PAR initiative, it is applicable across all cross-cultural work, and is particularly relevant for working with First Nations communities, as much of the literature on cultural safety is derived from that cross-cultural work.

Cultural safety principles:

  1. Critical reflection and inclusive dialogue
  2. Decolonising research
  3. Prioritising safe working practices.

This resource is useful for practitioners working cross-culturally as it provides guidance not only for best, but also for safe, practice. Cultural safety extends beyond cultural awareness and cultural sensitivity and asks service providers to reflect upon their own cultural identity so as to recognise the impact of their personal culture on their professional practice.



Suggested citation

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety. (2018). Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Project with Action Research initiative: Cultural safety principles and guidelines. ANROWS.

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