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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.


Circles of support and accountability: An overview

This fact sheet provides an overview of circles of support and accountability and their role in supporting sexual offenders to reintegrate into the community after time spent in prison.

This information in this fact sheet is drawn from ANROWS research entitled Community-based approaches to sexual offender reintegration (Richards et al., 2020). This resource is designed to support policymakers, practice designers and practitioners considering implementing a circle of support and accountability, as well as provide information for community members and volunteers who might participate in them.

This fact sheet answers the following questions:

  • What are circles of support and accountability?
  • Who are the volunteers and what do they do?
  • Who can and who does volunteer?
  • Do circles of support and accountability work?
  • Where can I find out more?



Suggested citation

Richards, K., & Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety. (2020). Circles of support and accountability: An overview [Factsheet]. ANROWS.

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