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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 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.


National Strategy to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse: National Office for Child Safety

This submission directly responds to the final consultation paper of the National Strategy to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse (the National Strategy).   

This submission draws upon ANROWS research and other peer-reviewed work to respond to the following questions:

  • Do the proposed vision and objective reflect our aim and what success should look like under the National Strategy?
  • Do the proposed values reflect the values that should be guiding our work under the National Strategy?
  • Do these strategic priority themes reflect the areas of focus for Australia over the life of the First National Action Plan and First Commonwealth Action Plan under the National Strategy (i.e. 2021–2025)?
  • What are the best ways for Australian, state and territory governments to listen to, engage and collaborate with diverse people and groups? Are there any groups that are missing?
  • What are the priority themes that are most relevant to the group that your organisation represents?

Addressing these questions, the submission suggests the following:

  • Emphasise the importance of viewing children as victims and survivors of domestic and family violence in their own right
  • Prioritising the use of evidence-based initiatives and improving the evidence base
  • Strengthening the importance of early intervention in the National Strategy’s values
  • Working in partnership with stakeholders, including victims and survivors of domestic and family violence.

Suggested citation

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety. (2021). Re: National Strategy to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse – Final Consultation Paper [Submission]. ANROWS.

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