Wednesday 14 October 2015

Welcome to this fortnight's edition of the ANROWS Notepad.

First Horizons paper launched next week

Next week we will launch our first Horizons report, Violence against women: Additional analysis of the Australian Bureau of Statistics' 2012 Personal Safety Survey written by Dr Peta Cox, Senior Research Officer (Research Program). ANROWS Horizons are in-depth reports on empirical research produced under ANROWS’s Research Program.

ANROWS subscribers will receive notification of the release in their inbox. We look forward to sharing our first research report with our stakeholders and the broader community.

EVAWQ Launch

On Thursday 1 October Heather Nancarrow, CEO, attended the Ending Violence Against Women Queensland (EVAWQ) official launch in Brisbane. The newly-formed EVAWQ is the only peak body in Australia that provides a united and representative state-wide voice across all three areas of sexual violence, women’s health and domestic and family violence services.

ACT co-convened event 

On Monday 12 October ANROWS held a co-convened event with the ACT Office for Women. ACT Minister for Women Yvette Berry launched the ANROWS Landscapes paper on integrated responses to domestic and family violence, research led by Associate Professor Jan Breckenridge. Representatives from the ACT women’s sector who attended the event took part in a workshop on barriers to integration in the ACT and how they could, or should, be overcome. Heather, Emeritus Professor Anne R. Edwards AO, Chair of the ANROWS Board, and Dr Ann Deslandes, Senior Research Officer (Knowledge Translation and Exchange) represented ANROWS at the event.

Conference Update

The program for the Inaugural ANROWS National Research Conference is almost finalised. Keep an eye on your inbox for a preliminary program in the next few days.

Research | Events & training | Beyond the headlines

Latest Australian research

Australian research

Acutt, D., Signal, T., & Taylor, N. (2015). Mandated reporting of suspected animal harm by Australian veterinarians: Community attitudes. Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of the Interactions of People and Animals, 28(3): 437-447.
Australian Institute of Criminology. (2015). Prior offending among family violence perpetrators: A Tasmanian sample (Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice 493). Canberra: AIC.
Dawson, A. J., Turkmani, S., Varol, N., Nanayakkara, S., Sullivan, E., & Homer, C. S. E. (2015). Midwives’ experiences of caring for women with female genital mutilation: Insights and ways forward for practice in Australia. Women and Birth: Journal of the Australian College of Midwives, 28(3): 207-214.
Flood, M. (2015). Work with men to end violence against women: A critical stocktake. Culture, Health & Sexuality: An International Journal for Research, Intervention and Care, [ahead-of-print]. DOI:10.1080/13691058.2015.1070435
Mears, J. (2015). Violence against older women: Activism, social justice, and social changeJournal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, [ahead-of-print]. DOI:10.1080/08946566.2015.1094301

Powell, A., & Henry, N. (2015). Digital harassment and abuse of adult Australians: A summary report.  Melbourne: RMIT. 
Powell, A., Henry, N., & Flynn, A. (2015). Rape justice: Beyond the criminal law. New York: Palgrave McMillan.

International research

Banyard, V. L. (2015). Toward the next generation of bystander prevention of sexual and relationship violence: Action coils to engage communities. New York: Springer International.
Collins, V. E. (2015). State, crime, women and gender. New York: Routledge.

Gefter, J. R., Rood, B. A., Valentine, S. E., Bankoff, S. M., & Pantalone, D. W. (2015). Why does it happen? Explanations for men’s violence against women by women with interpersonal victimization histories.  Journal of Gender Studies, [ahead-of-print]. DOI:10.1080/09589236.2015.1090305

Hockett, J. M., Smith, S. J., Klausing, C. D., & Saucier, D. A. (2015). Rape myth consistency and gender differences in perceiving rape victims: A meta-analysis. Violence Against Women, [ahead-of-print].

McIlwaine, C. (2016). Gender-based violence and assets in just cities: Triggers and transformation. In C. O. N. Moser (Ed.), Gender, asset, accumulation and just cities: Pathways to transformation. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Quayle, E., & Cooper, K. (2015). The role of child sexual abuse images in coercive and non-coercive relationships with adolescents: A thematic review of the literatureChild & Youth Services, [ahead-of-print]. DOI:10.1080/0145935X.2015.1092840

These references are a snapshot of recently published articles. The ANROWS Research Database contains a more comprehensive collection of resources.

Events & training


National survey on enforcement of family and domestic violence protection orders
The Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research (CDFVR) is currently undertaking an ANROWS research project that explores the enforcement of family and domestic violence protection orders in Australia.

The first study in the project involves an online national survey with police, lawyers, magistrates, domestic violence services and victims’ advocate services to capture their views and personal experiences in enforcing protection orders. Having received ethics approval from Central Queensland University (Ethics Approval No.: H1504-052), CDFVR is now inviting domestic violence advocates to take part in the survey.
The following is the survey link:
If you have any questions about the research, please contact:  Call for submissions: The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is calling for submissions from interested parties on issues relating to advocacy and support and therapeutic treatment services.

Interested individuals and organisations wishing to respond to the issues paper have until 13 November 2015 to lodge a submission by emailing:

Alternatively comments can be made using the online feedback form on the Commission’s website or writing to GPO Box 5283, Sydney, NSW, 2001.

For more information on the issues paper or to lodge a submission visit

New to our events page:

Monday 30 November 2015. Short Courses Seminar Room, UTS building 10. Broadway, NSW.

Coming up:

Wednesday 21 October 2015. University of Bristol. Bristol, UK.
Monday 26 October 2015. Law School, The University of Melbourne. Parkville, VIC.
Wednesday 28 October 2015. The University of Melbourne. Parkville, VIC.
Find more events on the events page of the ANROWS website. To submit an event, check our event guidelines and contact Jess Gregory, Communications and Media Officer.

Beyond the headlines


The NSW Government has announced $60 million in funding for: six specialist police teams targeting domestic violence offenders; 24 additional domestic violence liaison officers (to start in early 2016); and behaviour change programs for perpetrators at serious risk of reoffending.

Federal Labor MP Tim Watts has introduced a private member's bill into the Federal Parliament to offer specific legal protection against revenge porn at a national level. The bill follows the release of research (see citation in Research section) that shows one in ten Australians have had explicit images of themselves distributed without their consent.

Despite changes to the Family Law Act in 2012 a report by the Australian Institute of Family Studies found that three out of ten parents had not been asked about family violence or child safety concerns during their custody battles.

The Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia, Diana Bryant, is calling for more funding for additional family consultants and registrars to support those coming into contact with the court system.

open letter to the Prime Minister, signed by more than 1200 people including Australian of the Year Rosie Batty, is calling for offshore detention centres to be shut down following the alleged rape of an Iranian woman on Nauru. The letter argues that the conditions at offshore centres perpetuate violence against women, children, families and gay men. Independent journalist and writer Tim Robertson has written about "Australianess" and gender-based violence for Eureka Street after news of the alleged assault. 

Australian public relations firm 
Mercer PR, who represent the Nauruan government, has been criticised for releasing a police report on the sexual assault of a female Somali refugee on Nauru. The report included personal details about the woman.

Data from the Western Australian Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) shows that half of all murder prosecutions and 85 percent of aggravated grievous bodily harm prosecutions in WA from July 2012 to August 2015 were related to domestic violence.

Women's Legal Services NSW has partnered with law firm Colin Biggers & Paisley Foundation to launch the Victims of Violence Project; a specialised referral scheme to support victims of domestic and sexual violence in New South Wales.

The Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence is holding its final round of hearings this week. Themes for this week's hearings are: Engaging the community; Developing the workforce; Evaluation, reporting and review; and What the family violence system should look like and how it should be funded

A violence prevention forum in Bendigo has heard that research by The Australia Institute found that nine in ten women had experienced street harassment in their lifetime.

A group of Noongar refuge workers have started a campaign to raise funds for support services helping women and children who experience by selling t-shirts. They are currently seeking sponsors to design the t-shirts.   


The United Nations has released a new report on women, peace and security to coincide with the 15th anniversary of the UN Security Council's Resolution 1325 to acknowledge the rights of women caught up in conflict. A senior researcher from Human Rights Watch wrote that the resolution is currently breached more often than it is observed, highlighting Sudan as a country where the Security Council and other member states should do more to address abuses against women.

In Lagos, Nigeria, the state's domestic and sexual violence response team led a training session with staff of Unilever Nigeria Plc and media practitioners on the various initiatives being taken, as part of the Governor's mandate to increase awareness of sexual and gender-based violence. 

Supporters from the group Sisters Uncut protested at the première of the film "Suffragette" by laying across the red carpet. The organisation said it was “suffragette methods to declare that, as long as violence against women continues, the battle for women’s liberation has not yet been won”.
Original Artwork by Christine Blakeney.

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