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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.


Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee: Family Law Amendment Bill 2023

This submission applies ANROWS research to the provisions set out in the Family Law Amendment Bill 2023.

The submission supports the Family Law Amendment Bill 2023 and its focus on ensuring the best interests of children are prioritised in and at the centre of the family law system. It builds on previous ANROWS submissions to inquiries and reviews of the family law system, including our submission to the Attorney-General on the exposure draft of this bill.

The submission supported:

The submission drew upon ANROWS research, Compliance with and enforcement of family law parenting orders: Final report, to highlight the need to prioritise recovery needs for children and non-offending parents experiencing domestic and family violence. It recommended the family law system prioritise the recovery needs of children and non-offending parents from domestic and family violence by using “recovery” as the best consideration relating to safety. The focus on victim and survivor recovery from violence is consistent with the National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 2022–2032.



Suggested citation

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety. (2023). Re: Family Law Amendment Bill 2023 [Submission]. ANROWS.

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