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Our research

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.

Dawn Bessarab


Dawn Bessarab is an Aboriginal woman of Bard (West Kimberley) and Yjindjarbandi (Pilbara) descent. She is Professor at the University of Western Australia’s Medical School. A highly regarded and experienced senior social worker and researcher, Dawn did her PhD on the impact of the gendered lived experiences of Aboriginal women and men.

Dawn is interested in the application of Indigenous research and qualitative methodologies, particularly participatory action research, and the translation of research into policy and practice. She has published widely both individually and collaboratively in the areas of social work, community development, and Aboriginal health and wellbeing. She developed the framework on yarning as an Indigenous methodology, which is now widely applied across Australian and international communities.

With extensive practical and research background in the areas of child protection, domestic and family violence, and drug and alcohol abuse, Dawn’s expertise is highly sought after. She frequently delivers culturally safe training and advice to service providers working with Aboriginal people.

Dawn was a founding director and board member of the Aboriginal Family Legal Service in Perth; the former chair of Nadine Women’s Refuge in Perth; and is currently a secretary on the Langford Aboriginal Association committee, in Gosnells, Western Australia.

Appointed Director, Independent August 2019.

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Contact ANROWS

PO Box Q389, Queen Victoria Building NSW 1230
Email: enquiries@anrows.org.au

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