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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.


Designing the Wiyi Yani U Thangani Framework for Action and establishment of a First Nations Gender Justice Institute

This submission responds to a selection of questions posed by the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) in their invitation for submissions to contribute to the design of the Wiyi Yani U Thangani Framework for Action for First Nations Gender Justice and Equality (working title) and the establishment of a First Nations Gender Justice Institute. 

ANROWS provided this submission to the Social Justice Team at the AHRC. This submission drew on ANROWS’s experience in designing and delivering evaluations, a commitment to the importance of accountability to community determined outcomes, a practice that works with and incorporates the voices of lived expertise, and suggestions for supporting and strengthening data sovereignty.

ANROWS highlighted the benefit of using participatory evaluation methods and culturally safe and trauma-informed approaches to collect data, measure and evaluate change, while providing examples of how these approaches have worked for ANROWS in the past and strategies that were used.

ANROWS shared our experiences of embedding accountability measures that facilitate feedback, criticism and collective problem solving as examples of how government/s can be held accountable to community determined outcomes. Likewise, ANROWS shared the ways in which lived expertise can be incorporated with transparency and integrity and expressed our commitment to honouring this knowledge and experience across our work.

We provided advice about existing resources that were authored and produced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and organisations that could support the AHRC in their work.

This submission will be of interest to anyone who is interested in the progress of Wiyi Yani U Thangani specifically, as well as those seeking to work respectfully and collaboratively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, organisations and communities more generally.



Suggested citation

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety. (2024). Re: Framework for Action and First Nations Gender Justice Institute call for submissions [Submission]. ANROWS.

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