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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.


Department of Health, Victoria: Independent Review of Compulsory Treatment and Decision-Making Laws

This submission provides evidence on the potential impacts of compulsory treatment and decision-making laws on victims and survivors of family, domestic and sexual violence (FDSV).  

The evidence presented in this submission, provided to the Victorian Department of Health’s Independent Review of Compulsory Treatment and Decision-Making Laws, may assist policymakers and health practitioners in keeping victims and survivors of FDSV in view when making decisions about compulsory treatment.

ANROWS’s submission drew on our evidence base to highlight:

  • the potential significant mental health impacts of FDSV on victims and survivors
  • the need for mental health services to provide trauma-informed and appropriate care to victims and survivors that avoid exacerbating existing trauma
  • the potential for restrictive practices to compound existing trauma
  • the potential for the removal of autonomy through compulsory treatment to mimic coercive control
  • that restoring autonomy and choice is central to recovery.



Suggested citation

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety. (2023). Re: Independent Review of Compulsory Treatment and Decision-Making Laws [Submission]. ANROWS.

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