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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 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.

Intergenerational trauma & family violence in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities

This episode is a keynote address delivered by former ANROWS board director, Professor Victoria Hovane, from The Australian National University, and Dr Mark Wenitong, from Apunipima Cape York Health Council.

In their address, Professor Hovane and Dr Wenitong discuss intergenerational trauma, and the effects this trauma has in terms of health, health system responses, and family violence in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities.

Their keynote followed the Warawarni-gu Guma (Healing Together) Statement from the 2nd National Research Conference on Violence against Women, held in Sydney in May, 2018, and is referred to in their address.

Professor Hovane provides a conceptual framework for understanding intergenerational trauma and responses to family violence in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities, and what that looks like in policy. Dr Wenitong explains how intergeneration trauma is seen and worked with in practice, and encouraging examples of trauma-based work in ending violence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Their PowerPoint presentation can be accessed from our website.

This was recorded on the land of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation, the Traditional Owners of the lands where Sydney city is situated today.

Insights: the ANROWS podcast is part of ANROWS’s commitment to disseminating and supporting the application of the evidence base that addresses violence against women and their children in Australia.


This podcast episodes includes descriptions of violence and homicide which some may find confronting or distressing.
Recommended support services include: 1800 RESPECT – 1800 737 732 and Lifeline – 13 11 14

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