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Heather Nancarrow, Ph.D.

Research and Policy Analysis Consultant

Dr Heather Nancarrow AM recently retired from full-time work after a successful career in policy and research related to the prevention and response to violence against women and children. Her most recent full-time appointment was the inaugural CEO, Australia’s National Research Organization for Women’s Safety (ANROWS). Dr Nancarrow’s work is renowned nationally and internationally and was recognized in 2023 with the Australia Day award, Member of the Order of Australia (AM).

 In addition to her role as a Research Associate at WVURCV, Dr Nancarrow is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Griffith Criminology Institute, Griffith University, Australia, and she holds the honorary position “Researcher-in-Residence”, at the Queensland, Australia True Relationships and Reproductive Health service.

Dr Nancarrow’s recent publications include:

Nancarrow, H. (2021). Domestic violence law: When good intentions go awry. In R. Vijeyarasa (Ed.),International Women's Rights Law and Gender Equality, Making the Law Work for Women. Taylor and Francis.

Nancarrow, H., Thomas, K., Ringland, V., & Modini, T. (2020). Accurately identifying the “person most in need of protection” in domestic and family violence law (Research report, 23/2020). Sydney:ANROWS.

Nancarrow, H. (2019). Unintended consequences of domestic violence law: Gendered aspirations and racialised realities. London. Palgrave MacMillan.

Nancarrow, H., & Modini, T. (2018) Electronic monitoring in the context of domestic and family violence: Report for the Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General. ANROWS.