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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.

Lucy Macmillan

Director, Research and Evaluation (Acting)

Drawing on a robust background in law and equipped with a Masters of Evaluation, Lucy Macmillan possesses over two decades of unparalleled expertise in monitoring and evaluation, both within the Australian landscape and internationally.

As the Director, Research and Evaluation at ANROWS, Lucy intricately weaves her extensive experience into evaluating intricate programs and spearheading systemic change initiatives across diverse contexts, with a particular emphasis on Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) and the criminal justice system.

Prior to her pivotal role at ANROWS, Lucy was Lead Principal at the expert evaluation firm, Clear Horizon. During her tenure, she managed numerous evaluations across critical sectors, including DFV, criminal justice education, public health and homelessness. Lucy not only led evaluations but also provided adept coaching and mentoring to clients in the realms of evaluation, measurement and co-design. Before her tenure as a consultant spanning 15 years, Lucy served with UNICEF Australia, monitoring international development projects in areas such as child protection, education, water and sanitation, health, and HIV/AIDS in Zambia, Burma and Bhutan. Lucy also has a long history of working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and communities.

Lucy’s passion lies in fostering equity and amplifying the voices of individuals with lived experience in evaluation. Her approach is deeply rooted in trauma-informed methodologies and participatory approaches that strive to rebalance the power dynamics inherent in research. Lucy’s commitment to collaboration and meticulous research and evaluation is underscored by her dedication to ensuring that the voices of those with lived experience are not only heard but also respected. She is adept in trauma-informed and culturally safe approaches embodying a holistic and inclusive ethos in her work.

With over 25 years’ of experience, Lucy Macmillan stands as a beacon of expertise, exemplifying a commitment to excellence and advocacy within the field of women’s safety and empowerment.

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

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