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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.


Supporting women to find and keep jobs

This resource outlines how employment services can help women experiencing domestic and family violence (DFV) achieve and sustain employment outcomes. 

Some women who experience DFV may need to find work or change jobs quickly, or Centrelink may require them to find work after separating from a violent partner. Recognising the needs of these women can help to ensure positive employment outcomes, and employment services are better placed than the Job Seeker Classification Instrument (JSCI) to identify violence affecting job search capacity.

Drawing on insights from the ANROWS research project Building effective policies and services to promote women’s economic security following domestic and family violence this fact sheet covers the following areas:

  • understanding domestic violence
  • identifying domestic violence
  • identifying appropriate job placements for women experiencing domestic violence
  • building capacity through collaboration.

Two case studies sharing promising practice are also included.

This resource supports employment services to understand and identify domestic violence, recognise the needs of women affected by violence, and help these women to achieve and sustain employment outcomes.



Suggested citation

Cortis, N. Bullen, J., & Hill, T. (2016). Supporting women to find and keep jobs following domestic violence (Issues paper 1). UNSW Social Policy Research Centre.

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