Family Violence: Policies, evidence, communities and actions

This Collection is part of a Linkage, Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) project LE180100094 Linked semantic platforms for social and physical infrastructure and wellbeing funded by the Australian Government, through the Australian Research Council.


  • of research, policy and evaluation relevant to the design and implementation of activities which prevent and tackle family violence.
  • of developments in research, policies and actions since the Royal Commission into Family Violence
  • of policy-relevant resources that relate to current and emerging issues in Australia. 

A valuable resource

  • for communities, policy researchers, advisers, decision-makers and academics in their roles.


  • collated and curated key policy-relevant resources.
  • the most valuable and relevant material and resources, so that they are searchable and accessible through one platform.
  • policy and research reports, presentations and guides and summaries, editorial and opinion articles, infographics and multimedia, datasets.


  • on community attitudes and responses to violence against women.
  • the relationship of gender issues to policy and program development tackling family violence.
  • the evaluation of initiatives and programs that relate to this focus. 
Collection Advisor
Professor Jane Farmer, Swinburne University






Family Violence: Policies, evidence, communities and actions


men, masculinities, and gender politics
5 Dec 2018

XY is a website focused on men, masculinities, and gender politics. XY is a space for the exploration of issues of gender and sexuality, the daily issues of men’s and women’s lives, and practical discussion of personal and social change.

XY is:...


For workers supporting women's safety in Victoria
3 Dec 2018

The Lookout is a place where Victorian family violence workers and other professionals in universal and mainstream services can find information, evidence-based resources and services to help them respond to family violence.

The Lookout has been developed by the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria...


Stakeholder engagement kit
30 Nov 2018

The National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey (NCAS) 2017 reveals Australians’ knowledge of, and attitudes towards, violence against women and gender equality.

Using a representative sample of 17,500 Australians aged 16 years and over, the NCAS is the world’s longest-running survey of...


Helping men understand and change their behaviours is an important part of addressing family violence
18 Nov 2018

In Australia, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner. Family violence is a ‘wicked problem’, deeply ingrained in our society, with no one simple solution. It damages the social and economic fabric of communities, as well as the mental and...


26 Oct 2018

No To Violence undertook a grass-roots listening tour in areas of family violence high incidence across Victoria in September and October 2018.

Executive Summary Key Findings

During the Tour we found that our regional, CALD and mainstream practitioners consistently identified common pressure...


Phase 2 campaign materials
3 Oct 2018

Campaign materials from Phase two of a joint Australian, state and government campaign "Violence against women. Let's stop it at the start"

Stop it at the Start aims to help break the cycle of violence by encouraging adults to reflect on their attitudes, and...


2 Oct 2018

Interview with Julie Oberin, Chair Women's Services Network.

Federal Minister for Women Kelly O'Dwyer will join her state counterparts in Adelaide today for talks on the final phase of the 12-year National Plan to reduce violence against women and children.

The two-day summit...

Draft report

Background and evidence summary draft: 25 September 2018
25 Sep 2018

This plan is intended to provide a coordinated approach to reducing violence against women and their children, through collaboration with all Australian jurisdictions.


20 Sep 2018

The advice and information in this toolkit is drawn from the wisdom and experiences of parliamentarians and advocates. This is a collection of practical tips and policy building advice that will help you shape policy for the better.


7 Sep 2018

At the 2018 Midsumma Carnival held in Melbourne, the Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby conducted a survey of attendees on LGBTIQ related family violence. There were 267 respondents in this study. The report analyses the community responses.

The Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights...


4 Sep 2018

This resource uses crime script analysis to describe incidents of men’s violence against women. The results provide new insights into the situational factors present when arguments escalate to violence.


16 Aug 2018

This summary outlines the major issues identified in the ANROWS research relevant to children, the factors preventing effective service delivery and the policy and practice changes recommended by the researchers. It concludes with future research directions.


3 Aug 2018

The National Community Attitudes towards Violence Against Women Survey, or NCAS, is a resource for anyone wanting to understand and prevent the serious and prevalent problem of violence against women.

It can be used by community educators, policy-makers, program planners, researchers, journalists, and students....


2 Aug 2018

As Victoria moves towards developing new, risk-sensitive approaches to responding to family violence, the voices and experiences of those affected by this complex and distinct form of family violence offer vital insights into the risks faced by victims and affected families.


A national resource to support the prevention of violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children
13 Jul 2018

This resource contains a set of clear actions that are needed to address the many drivers of violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. This is a national resource, intended to encourage, guide and support a national effort by many organisations and stakeholders, at...


3 Jul 2018

This report provides information about workers in services used by people affected by domestic and family violence and sexual assault.


28 Jun 2018

This resource is intended to act as a quick reference guide to key statistics on violence against women in Australia for use by the media and other commentators, including government officials, academics, sector leaders and community advocates.


28 Jun 2018

This guide provides information to assist non-professional evaluators with commissioning or assessing evaluation processes and outputs. It explains the importance of understanding the context of evaluation, and determining an organisation’s level of “evaluation-readiness.”


21 Jun 2018

The overall aim of the National Community Attitudes towards Violence Against Women Survey (NCAS) project is to develop and extend the evidence and knowledge base required to foster community attitudes that support women to live free from exposure to violence, including threats of or fear...


20 Jun 2018

Both crime victim survey data and recorded crime data suggest that the victimisation rate for domestic and family violence has declined in NSW over the time period examined.