Funding available for research to improve women's safety

Tuesday, 13th December 2016

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) is calling for research grant applications in a range of areas aimed at stemming the rate of violence against women.

Jointly funded by Australia’s Commonwealth, state and territory governments, ANROWS was established in 2013 to undertake research aimed at addressing the high rates of domestic, family and sexual violence against women and their children and improving outcomes for victims. ANROWS works with governments and non-government agencies, researchers, and practitioners to undertake high quality research that aims to influence policy, service provision and professional practice.

Research in the 2014-16 grants round confirmed that rates of violence against women remains alarmingly high. Additional analysis of the Australian Bureau of Statistics Personal Safety Survey 2012 found that, since the age of 15, one in four women had experienced at least one incident of violence by an intimate partner they may or may not have been living with. Other ANROWS research has found that intimate partner violence is the leading contributor to the burden of disease for women aged 18-44 years and the 7th leading risk factor for women of all ages.  

Applications are now open for ANROWS research grants in priority areas. Topics build on the work ANROWS has done since 2013, as well as taking into account recommended research areas identified through a number of recent state and federal government and Royal Commission inquiries. 

The grants round is listed on the Australian Competitive Grants Register (Category 1), involves a competitive, merit-based selection process and is open to any Australian-based organisation. 

A maximum of $300,000 is available per project, with ANROWS working to ensure a robust program with a balance between small, medium and large sized projects. All funded projects will include consideration of priority populations such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, women with disability and culturally and linguistically diverse women.

ANROWS expects high quality applicants and research partnerships from a range of research and service organisations. Previous successful applicants include the University of Melbourne, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, University of Western Australia and the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

ANROWS CEO, Dr Heather Nancarrow, said the launch of the new grants round will help build on the research done by ANROWS in the last two years.

“We are already seeing ANROWS research making a real impact on policy and practice. This new grants round enables us to build on this important work and respond to emerging research, policy and practice needs.” Dr Nancarrow said.

More information about grant applications and ANROWS’ research priorities is available at

If you or someone you know is impacted by family violence, call the Safe at Home Family Violence Response and Referral Line on 1800 633 937 or visit In an emergency, always call 000.   


 Dr Heather Nancarrow: 02 8374 4000 (preferred) or 0437 089 113.