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Violence against women and their 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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Improving the competency and accountability of family report writers

This submission applies both ANROWS and external research to the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department’s consultation paper on improving the competency and accountability of family report writers.     

This submission draws on ANROWS research to highlight the minimum content that should be included in a family report as well as the core competencies and skills a family report writer should have.

The submission stresses the importance of centring children’s needs in a family report to ensure the best outcome for them, by consulting with the children and assessing their wellbeing. The submission emphasises that, in order to better service children, there is a need for family report writers to have a sound understanding of domestic and family violence (DFV) and the impacts of trauma on parents and children. A lack of these core competencies has a direct impact on the safety of women and children and is a disadvantage for diverse groups of women and children.

This submission made recommendations in the following areas:

  • the minimum content that should be included in a family report
  • the need for consistent requirements across all cohorts of family report writers in the production of family reports
  • necessary skills for family report writers
  • additional competencies that would benefit family report writers.



Suggested citation

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety. (2021). Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department: Improving the competency and accountability of family report writers [Submission]. ANROWS.

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