2014-16 Research Priorities Projects

The ANROWS Research Program will produce research under the National Research Agenda to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children to support the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022

The 2014-16 Research Priorities Projects sit under five strategic research themes: 1. Experience and impacts; 2. Gender inequality and primary prevention; 3. Service responses and interventions; 4. Systems; and 5. Knowledge translation and evaluation. The projects  have an ambitious reach with research sites in every state and territory and a spread of projects focusing on different types of violence against women as well as priority population groups identified in the National Research Agenda.

Experience and impacts (Strategic Research Theme 1)

  • National burden of disease study examining the impact of violence against women.
  • Promoting community-led responses to violence against immigrant and refugee women in metropolitan and regional Australia.
  • Women's Input to a Trauma-informed systems model of care in Health settings: The WITH study.
  • Seeking help for domestic violence: Exploring rural women’s coping experiences.
  • Domestic and family violence and parenting: Mixed method insights into impact and support needs.
  • Establishing the Connection: Interventions linking service responses for sexual assault with drug or alcohol use/misuse (completed May 2016).
  • State of knowledge on the co-occurrence, intersection and differences between forms of, and responses to, violence against women and their children (completed October 2015).
  • Violence against women: Additional analysis of the Australian Bureau of Statistics' Personal Safety Survey (completed October 2015).

Gender inequality and primary prevention (Strategic Research Theme 2)

  • Media representations of violence against women and their children (Project in partnership with Our Watch; completed June 2016).
  • Change the Story: National framework for the prevention of violence against women and their children (Project in partnership with Our Watch and VicHealth; completed November 2015). 

Service responses and interventions (Strategic Research Theme 3)

  • Advocacy for safety and empowerment: Good practice and innovative approaches with Aboriginal women experiencing family and domestic violence in remote and regional Australia. 
  • What does it take? Developing informed and effective tertiary responses to violence and abuse for women and girls with disabilities in Australia.
  • National mapping and meta-evaluation outlining key features of effective "safe at home" programs that enhance safety and prevent homelessness for women and their children who have experienced domestic and family violence (completed May 2016). 
  • State of knowledge, practice and responses to violence against women in Australian Indigenous communities (completed January 2016).

Systems (Strategic Research Theme 4)

  • Meta-evaluation of existing interagency partnerships, collaboration, coordination and/or integrated interventions and service responses to violence against women.
  • Building effective policies and services to promote women’s economic security following domestic and family violence.
  • Improving legal and justice responses to violence against women. 
  • Evaluation of innovative models of interagency partnerships, collaboration, coordination and/or integrated responses to family and/or sexual violence against women in Australian Indigenous communities. 
  • The PATRICIA Project: Pathways And Research In Collaborative Inter-Agency working.

Knowledge translation and evaluation (Strategic Research Theme 5)

  • Review of the evidence on knowledge translation and exchange in the violence against women field (completed April 2015).