Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) in the National Action Plan

AIFS seminar series presentation

10:00 am – 11:15 am (AEST), Thursday 11 September 2014, Balluk Room, AIFS (formerly known as the Seminar Room), Level 20, 485 La Trobe Street, Melbourne
Building evidence to support the reduction of violence against women and children
The role of Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) in the National Action Plan

Heather Nancarrow, Chief Executive Officer, ANROWS

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Heather Nancarrow is CEO of Australia�s National Research Organisation for Womens Safety (ANROWS). She has 30 years experience working in the field of domestic, family and sexual violence prevention and has held many leadership roles at both the state and national level in the development of policy on the prevention of violence against women. This includes work on the development and implementation of the Queensland Government Policy: Stop Violence against Women (1992); and management of the Queensland Governments Domestic Violence Policy Branch, responsible for the administration of Queensland domestic and family violence legislation, policy community grants funding and the annual domestic violence prevention campaign.

In 2002 Heather was appointed foundation Director of the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research, a position she held until her recent appointment to ANROWS. During that time (2008-2009), Heather was Deputy Chair of the National Council to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children, which produced Time for Action, the blue-print for the Council of Australian Governments initiative, the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.


In 2008-09 members of the National Council to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children (the National Council) dared to imagine that the Commonwealth and all states and territories of Australia would agree to an ambitious, long-term plan to reduce violence against women and their children. And so they did, launching the National Plan to Reduce Violence against women and their children 2010-2022 in February 2011. The National Council also imagined that a new national centre of excellence would deliver evidence to guide the implementation of the long-term plan. In 2014, Australias National Research Organisation for Womens Safety Limited (ANROWS) was launched. Its mission is to deliver relevant and translatable research evidence which drives policy and practice.

This presentation explains the role of ANROWS, particularly as it relates to the 2nd Action Plan (Moving ahead) of the National Plan to the Reduce Violence against women and their Children 2010-2022. It includes discussion about ANROWSs progress in funding a program of research to support decision-making for future policy and practice development towards elimination violence against women and their children.

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    Ethics Committee and role

    The AIFS Ethics Committee is a Human Research Ethics Committee registered with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

    ◾To ensure that the ethical standards outlined in the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Research Involving Humans, and elaborated in the Institute’s ethics statement, Ethical Issues in the Research Process (1996), are met in all research projects undertaken by the Institute.
    ◾To ensure that projects meet the three key principles of respect for persons, beneficence, and justice, as set down in the National Statement.

    The committee meets to consider:
    ◾new project proposals;
    ◾receive brief oral and written reports on ongoing projects;
    ◾consider any complaints or problems that may have arisen regarding ethical issues in Institute research; and
    ◾review the complaints procedures.

    Members of the Ethics Committee are appointed for three-year terms.

    Committee members
    Dr Duncan Ironmonger (Chair)
    BCom, MCom (Melb); PhD (Cambridge)
    Department of Economics, University of Melbourne
    Ms Marlene Burchill
    BSW, Dip.Fam.Therapy, MA (Social Work)
    Social worker and family therapist
    Marlene is a Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Werong woman from central Victoria
    Rev. John Lamont
    BA (Latrobe); BTheol (United Faculty of Theology, Ormond College)

    Professor Richard Ingleby
    MA, DPhil (Oxford); LLM (Cambridge)
    Latham Chambers, Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin University
    Dr Kerreen Reiger
    BA Hons (Melb); PhD (La Trobe)
    Department of Sociology, La Trobe University
    Dr Sarah Wise
    BA Hons (Melb); MA (Melb); PhD (Melb)
    Anglicare Melbourne
    Mr Ian Claridge
    Lay person
    BA, Grad. Dip. Special Ed., Grad. Dip. Ed. Leadership
    Ms Victoria Triggs
    BA (Melb.), Grad. Dip. Ed. Admin. (Melb.), Williamson Fellow (Leadership Victoria), Grad. Dip. Australian Institute of Company Directors
    Lay person

    AIFS ex-officio member

    Dr Daryl Higgins
    BA (Melb) BA (Hons)(Deakin); PhD (Deakin)
    Deputy Director (Research)


    What if I have concerns or complaints about the conduct of research/evaluation?

    Australian Human Rights Commission

    Posted on May 20, 2014 by Kids First – Children’s Rights Activists (CRA)

    As you may be well aware of the antisocial discrimination against males that has arisen, I need to bring a complaint of very wrongful belief of women and the Australian Human Rights Commission, that children belong to women.

    I must make complaint to you as Australian Human Rights Commission.

    Males are violated and abused nearly as much as females, discriminated against more, females violate and abuse children more than males do, equates to most DV is perpetrated by women.

    Inquiry into the Family Law Legislation Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2011

    5. The Commission commends the actions that the Australian Government is taking to combat family violence and child abuse, including the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020, the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and “their” Children 2010-2022 and the development of a national scheme for recognition of domestic violence orders across Australian jurisdictions. These initiatives evidence the ongoing commitment of the Australian government to this area.

    Australia Concise Oxford dictionary Fifth Edition; P1496 “their” … belonging to them or themselves.

    This is in breach of Article 4 and unlawful as it enslaves children to women …

    This is a serious repeated indictment of antisocial discrimination by AHRC ‘women and their children their property’ enslaving victimizing children.

    Enslavers on breach of Article 4 of the UDHR states that ‘No one shall be held in slavery or servitude: slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms’.

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    There are still reports of slave markets. Even when abolished, slavery leaves traces. It can persist as a state of mind- among victims and their descendants and among the inheritors of those who practised it –long after it has formally ended.

    Slavery-like practices are often clandestine. This makes it difficult to have a clear picture of the scale of the contemporary slavery, let alone to uncover, punish or eliminate it.

    The majority of those who suffer are the poorest, most vulnerable and marginalised social groups in society. Fear, ignorance of one’s rights and the need to survive do not encourage them to speak out.

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