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Research on Fourth Action Plan priorities

Responsible government

  • Commonwealth

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Improve support and service system responses
    • 19 Build the evidence base to inform responses to domestic, family and sexual violence by strengthening the focus on what works to reduce violence, improving data and supporting the Fourth Action Plan priorities.

What are we doing?

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) will manage a program of research to support an understanding of the Fourth Action Plan priorities and to help position ongoing investment in reducing violence against women and their children. The focus will be on:

  • research and evidence projects to support the priorities of the Fourth Action Plan
  • research and evidence to inform ongoing responses to reduce violence against women and their children
  • identifying ‘what works’, including scoping a ‘what works’ framework.

The Commonwealth Government has provided ANROWS with $5.639 million between 2019–20 and 2021–22 to fund research and evidence projects.

The funding complements the $3.8 million provided to ANROWS to undertake the 2021 wave of the National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey (NCAS).

The funding under the Fourth Action Plan is in addition to the $3.4 million core funding jointly provided to ANROWS by the Commonwealth Government and all state and territory governments each year.

What is next?

  • The Department of Social Services entered into an agreement with ANROWS in June 2019.
  • The next phase will involve identifying research priorities and developing particular research projects to support these priorities.

What difference will we make?

Intended outcomes of this work are:

  • a targeted contribution to building the evidence base.

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