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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.


The PATRICIA Project: Summary of the scoping review

This resource outlines the findings of a review of interagency working between child protection and specialist domestic violence services. 

A review of 24 models of interagency working between child protection, specialist domestic and family violence services and family law was undertaken across Australia. It is the first component of the “PATRICIA Project: PAThways and Research In Collaborative Inter-Agency working”, and informs understandings of how these sectors are currently working together. This resource will be useful to policymakers and practitioners as it considers some of the key components of interagency work, and how best to work across sectors while ensuring the safety of women and children always remains a priority.

This resource answers the following questions:

  • What are the key components of interagency working?
  • What is best practice for information sharing between child protection, domestic and family violence specialist services and family law?
  • What additional factors need to be considered for information sharing and the law?
  • How do we best agree on the assessments most suitable for assessing risk to children, and risk thresholds?
  • What are the benefits of interagency working?
  • How are we investing in monitoring and evaluation of interagency working models?
  • What is needed beyond formal agreements and shared risk assessment tools to enable effective interagency work?



Suggested citation

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety. (2015). The PATRICIA Project: Summary of the scoping review. ANROWS.

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