Michael Salter

Senior lecturer in criminology
Western Sydney University, School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Waterloo, New South Wales

Dr Michael Salter is a criminologist based at Western Sydney University, and an internationally recognized expert in organised abuse and complex trauma. He is the author of Organised Sexual Abuse (Routledge, 2013), the first research monograph on organised abuse in Australia, and he is published internationally on the subjects of child sexual abuse and violence against women. He leads the ANROWS-funded research project “Constructions of complex trauma and implications for women’s wellbeing and safety from violence” which is examining multi-agency response to complex trauma.

Dr Salter sits on the Board of Directors and the Scientific Advisory Committee of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, where he chairs the Organised Abuse Special Interest Group. He has been an expert advisor to the Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and he has consulted to state and federal agencies and governments on the primary prevention of violence against children and women. He regularly delivers training to mental health workers, police and child protection workers on complex trauma and organised abuse. He is involved in international efforts to improve the identification, support and care of victims of online child abuse imagery.


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