About the conference

ANROWS’s National Research Conference on Violence against Women and their Children, “Evidence in Action”.

The theme for the ANROWS’s National Research Conference on Violence against Women and their Children was “Evidence in Action”.

The conference opened up opportunities to explore ideas of impact, including how we know an initiative has been effective, for whom, and in what circumstances. Coming together with policymakers, practice designers and survivor-advocates, we discussed the ways in which evidence is being applied in policy and practice to reduce violence against women and their children.


Conference structure:
An online symposium

Set over five days, the conference was structured around thematic conversational panels, each including facilitators with diverse backgrounds and expertise.

By using specialised online conference technology and limiting the number and duration of sessions on each day, the program was designed to re-energise important conversations, encourage mutual learning and connections, offer options for flexible attendance – including through providing access to on-demand session videos.

Who attended?

Policymakers, including ministers; senior officials; and executive management from federal, state, territory and local governments and agencies

Practice design decision-makers and practitioners working with sexual assault, domestic and family violence, women’s refuges, judicial support, and immigrant and refugee services

Peak bodies and networks involved with domestic and family violence services; sexual assault services; strategic Indigenous expertise services; the women’s health sector; CALD, multicultural, and migrant services; broader community services; prevention and education

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander support practitioners working to redress the effects of colonisation and/or transgenerational trauma, and leaders in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and laws

Intervention and service providers working with social services or the legal justice system and first responders including police, emergency and medical services

Researchers and research organisations focused on criminology, sociology, health, social work, psychology, law, political science and science.

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