New in-house research project an Australian first for child sexual abuse

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  • Victims & Survivors

The National Centre is excited to announce that it is commencing a new in-house research project, titled ‘Reshaping the Conversation: Creating a Shared Language and Preferred Definitions Framework for Child Sexual Abuse.’

Australia lacks consistent terminology or definitions when it comes to child sexual abuse, which leads to different language being used, and meanings and understandings being confused. This has impacts on research, practice, policymaking, and community awareness raising efforts. Reshaping the Conversation aims to address this challenge, by creating Australia’s first shared language and preferred definitions framework for child sexual abuse.

This project will use a Delphi methodology, in which victims and survivors, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers will provide their feedback on language and definitions to construct a consensus-based framework for use across a range of sectors. The National Centre aims to commence research activity in early 2024.

Reshaping the Conversation will be led by Dr Peter Kremer, an experienced academic, researcher, and registered psychologist. Over the past 25 years, Peter has worked in a range of academic settings, including child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing, research methodology and statistics, and sports and exercise. Peter also brings a wealth of public health expertise, having worked on projects focusing on mental health, alcohol misuse, crime, and obesity amongst children and young people, and having published extensively and presented his findings to diverse audiences. Prior to working in academia, Peter operated his own psychology practice for 10 years.

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