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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.


Time for renewed national commitment to action

This resource captures the opening address for ANROWS’s Inaugural National Research Conference. The speech was presented by Emeritus Professor Anne R. Edwards AO, then Chair of the ANROWS Board on 23 February 2016.  

Delivered at the halfway point of Australia’s 12-year National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022, the speech reflects upon the making of the plan and what it has achieved, while also looking forward to the future.

The speech focuses on:

  • how the Time for Action report shaped the development of the National Plan
  • principle areas of activity, including research conducted by ANROWS and other agencies
  • identifying the trends and gaps in research focused on addressing violence against women
  • providing a foundation for research that was reported on in the conference
  • ensuring research contributes to future policy and practice.
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