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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.


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.


Using a trauma- and violence-informed framework in practice

This fact sheet provides insight into how practitioners might implement a trauma- and violence-informed care framework in practice. It was developed to assist practitioners in health settings working with victims and survivors of sexual violence experiencing poor mental health. 

The fact sheet utilises a model that was developed as part of the “Women’s Input to a Trauma-informed systems model of care in Health settings: The WITH study”. This study included the voices of women who had experienced sexual violence and poor mental health and practitioners to develop a suitable approach for practitioners in mental health and sexual violence services. The model presented in this fact sheet can be used by practitioners in these healthcare settings to help implement a trauma- and violence-informed framework.

Successful implementation of the model is driven by two questions:

  • How does the work get done across services?
  • Why does the work happen that way?

The building blocks of the model are:

  • relationship building
  • integrated co-ordinated care
  • reflective system
  • environment and workplace scan.
  • The fact sheet expands on the building blocks of the model in order to demonstrate how they connect.



Suggested citation

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety. (2015). Using a trauma-and-violence-informed framework in practice [Fact sheet]. ANROWS.

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