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What is this research study about?

This study aims to investigate how often, and in what contexts, Autistic adults experience abuse and victimisation compared to non-Autistic adults. We also want to identify what might put people at risk, or protect them from these experiences.

Why should I help?

Research has shown that children on the autism spectrum are at higher risk of experiencing abuse and victimisation. However, there have been few studies focused on adulthood. This study will shed light on the personal safety of Autistic adults.

Who can take part?

You are invited to take part in this study if you

  • are aged 18 years or over
  • have not been diagnosed with an intellectual disability or severe mental illness (bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or other delusional disorder).

You don’t need to have experienced abuse or victimisation to participate in this study.

Who is conducting this study?

Vicki Gibbs and Professor Liz Pellicano of Macquarie University and Professor Jennie Hudson of Black Dog Institute will be conducting this study. The project also receives guidance from an Autistic Advisory group.

What will I be asked to do?

If you decide to take part, we will ask you to complete a survey about your background, any experiences of abuse or victimisation you have experienced since the age of 15 and your social and emotional functioning.

Autistic adults who complete the survey and who have reported experiencing abuse or victimisation will be invited to take part in an interview at a mutually convenient time, in person if they live in Sydney or by phone or online meeting such as Zoom or Facetime. You can participate in the survey without participating in the interview.

The survey will take about 20 minutes to complete. Participants will receive a $15 e-gift voucher. The interview will take about one hour and participants will receive a $30 gift voucher.

To participate in the study email Vicki Gibbs for the survey link.

When and where?

Interviews will be conducted at a mutually convenient time online via Zoom or Facetime.

To find out more about the study and register to participate:

To find out more about the study please contact Vicki Gibbs,

Please feel free to forward this information to others who might also be interested in participating.

Phone us to discuss how we can help you.

Call 1800 277 328

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Enquire with Autism Spectrum Australia