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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 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.



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Department of Justice and Attorney-General, Queensland: Development of a Queensland domestic and family violence perpetrator strategy

This submission provides evidence on a variety of issues relevant to preventing and responding to the use of domestic and family violence.  

This submission was provided to the Queensland Government’s Department of Justice and Attorney-General Women’s Safety and Violence Prevention unit in response to their comprehensive consultation paper. The submission drew on our evidence base to highlight a range of issues and opportunities, including:

  • the importance of taking a whole-of-government and intersectoral approach to preventing and intervening early in the use of domestic and family violence
  • new research on young people’s use of domestic and family violence and its significant co-occurrence with prior or concurrent experiences of child abuse
  • critical safety mechanisms for preventing the misidentification of women as primary perpetrators
  • a range of practice guides and frameworks recommended for use across governments and non-government organisations.

The submission will be of interest to policymakers, practitioners and researchers working to prevent and respond to the use of gender-based violence. Despite the submission being tailored to the Queensland context, the majority of the evidence and recommendations are applicable across jurisdictions.

Suggested citation

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety. (2023). Re: Development of a Queensland domestic and family violence perpetrator strategy [Submission]. ANROWS.

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