On 20 December 2016, Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) announced a program of research to improve the evidence base for stopping men’s violence against women and holding perpetrators to account. ANROWS is an initiative of the Council of Australian Governments under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 (the National Plan).

This set of ANROWS’s Perpetrator Interventions Research Priorities 2017-19 comprises 11 projects with a total value of almost $1.8 million. It offers an innovative and comprehensive program of research to support the National Plan to achieve its goals. In particular, these research projects will support implementation of the Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) National Outcome Standards for Perpetrator Interventions.

Projects will be delivered over the next two years, each addressing a key gap in current evidence on perpetrator interventions. Research findings will inform interventions to reduce re-offending, to better understand the nature of perpetration against high risk groups, to evaluate existing program models, and to determine the characteristics of effective perpetrator intervention programs.

ANROWS expects to be announcing additional research in this area in early 2017.

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