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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.


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.


How intimate partner violence affects quality of life

This poster sets out the ways in which intimate partner violence (IPV) creates fear for women which impacts their quality of life.  

This poster was developed as part of ANROWS-funded research entitled Defining quality of life indicators for measuring perpetrator intervention effectiveness (McLaren et al., 2020). This study investigated how women’s quality of life as a victim-centred and victim-reported outcome measure could be used in evaluation of the effectiveness of male perpetrator interventions. The study found that women experienced a broad range of fears when experiencing IPV which impacted on their quality of life.

The different categories of women’s fears unpacked visually on this poster are:

  • fear in response to women’s imagined futures
  • fears about physical safety of self or others
  • fears related to formal systems and processes
  • fear associated with discursive power
  • socio-economic fears
  • fear and uncertainty
  • socio-emotional fears.


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