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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.

Safe for women? Preventing gender-based violence in mental health inpatient units

ANROWS webinar hosted in March 2020.

Women are not safe in mental health inpatient units. Research has found that women staying in mental health inpatient units experience gender-based violence in many forms perpetrated by other patients, intimate partners and ex-partners, and staff.  The physical environment and some treatment processes can also contribute to women feeling unsafe during their inpatient stays.

Drawing on findings from ANROWS research led by Dr Juliet Watson of RMIT University titled “Preventing gender-based violence in mental health inpatient units”, this panel of advocates, researchers and practitioners discuss:

  • women’s experiences of gender-based violence in inpatient mental health units
  • how current practices are not keeping women safe
  • what changes can be made to improve mental health inpatient services.

This webinar is designed for:

  • policymakers and practitioners working in mental health services
  • practitioners who work with women who have accessed mental health inpatient units


Dr Juliet Watson


Professor Jayashri Kulkarni 
Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc)


Vrinda Edan
Consumer Advocate


Vrinda Edan
Consumer Advocate


Charlotte Jones
Mental Health Legal Centre



Professor Penelope June Weller 
RMIT University

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