Doctor Michael Salter

Doctor Michael Salter

Adjunct Associate Professor,
Translational Health Research Institute

Senior Lecturer In Criminology,
Criminology (SSAP)


My research is focused on violence against women, child abuse, primary prevention, and complex forms of victimisation including organised abuse and technologically-facilitated abuse. I lead the 'Violence and Power in Context' stream of the Sexualities and Genders Research group. 

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  • PhD University of New South Wales

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Translational Health Research Institute
  • Criminology (SSAP)


Phone: 6539
(02) 9772 6539
(02) 9772 6539
Location: 1.G.36

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  • Salter, M. (2017), 'Crime, Justice and Social Media', : Routledge 9781138919662.
  • Salter, M. (2012), 'Organised Sexual Abuse', : Routledge 9780415689779.

Chapters in Books

  • Salter, M. (2022), 'Finding a new narrative : meaningful responses to "false memory" disinformation', Trauma and Memory: The Science and the Silenced, Routledge 9781032044323.
  • Salter, M. and Gore, A. (2020), 'The tree of prevention : understanding the relationship between the primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention of violence against women', Improved Accountability: The Role of Perpetrator Intervention Systems, ANROWS 9781925925470.
  • Salter, M. (2019), 'Online justice in the circuit of capital: Metoo, marketization and the deformation of sexual ethics', MeToo and the Politics of Social Change, Palgrave Macmillan 9783030152123.
  • Breckenridge, J. and Salter, M. (2018), 'Child sexual abuse : socio-legal intersections of practice', Social Work in the Shadow of the Law, Federation Press 9781760021610.
  • Salter, M. (2018), 'Child sexual abuse', Routledge Handbook of Critical Criminology, Taylor & Francis 9781138656192.
  • Salter, M. (2018), 'Publicising privacy, weaponising publicity : the dialectic of online abuse on social media', Digital Intimate Publics and Social Media, Palgrave Macmillan 9783319976068.
  • Tomsen, S. and Salter, M. (2017), 'Sexuality, victims and crime', Victims, Crime and Society: An Introduction, Sage 9781446255902.
  • Salter, M. (2017), 'Organized child sexual abuse in the media', Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Oxford University Press 9780190264079.
  • Salter, M. (2016), 'The privatisation of incest : the neglect of familial sexual abuse in Australian public inquiries', The Sexual Abuse of Children: Recognition and Redress, Monash University Publishing 9781876924171.
  • Salter, M. and Crofts, T. (2015), 'Responding to revenge porn : challenges to online legal impunity', New Views on Pornography: Sexuality, Politics, and the Law, Praeger 9781440828058.
  • Breckenridge, J., James, K. and Salter, M. (2014), 'Child sexual abuse : the contribution of social work to the legal process', Social Work in the Shadow of the Law, Federation Press 9781862879492.
  • Breckenridge, J. and Salter, M. (2012), 'Gender, use and abuse : sexually abused women in alcohol and drug treatment', Gender-based Violence and Public Health: International Perspectives on Budgets and Policies, Routledge 9780415504928.
  • Salter, M. (2008), 'Out of the shadows: Re-envisioning the debate on ritual abuse', Ritual Abuse in the Twenty-first Century: Psychological, Forensic, Social and Political Considerations, Robert D. Reed 9781934759127.

Journal Articles

  • Dragiewicz, M., Woodlock, D., Salter, M. and Harris, B. (2022), '"What's mum's password?" : Australian mothers' perceptions of children's involvement in technology-facilitated coercive control', Journal of Family Violence, vol 37, no 1 , pp 137 - 149.
  • Salter, M. and Hall, H. (2022), 'Reducing shame, promoting dignity : a model for the primary prevention of complex post-traumatic stress disorder', Trauma, Violence, and Abuse, vol 23, no 3 , pp 906 - 919.
  • Salter, M., Woodlock, D. and Dubler, N. (2022), 'Secrecy, control and violence in women's intimate relationships with child sexual abuse material offenders', Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, vol 661 .
  • Salter, M. and Richardson, L. (2021), 'The Trichan takedown : lessons in the governance and regulation of child sexual abuse material', Policy and Internet, vol 13, no 3 , pp 385 - 399.
  • Dragiewicz, M., Harris, B., Woodlock, D. and Salter, M. (2021), 'Digital media and domestic violence in Australia : essential contexts', Journal of Gender-Based Violence, vol 5, no 3 , pp 377 - 393.
  • Salter, M. (2020), 'The transitional space of public inquiries : the case of the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, vol 53, no 2 , pp 213 - 230.
  • Salter, M. (2018), 'From geek masculinity to Gamergate : the technological rationality of online abuse', Crime, Media, Culture, vol 14, no 2 , pp 247 - 264.
  • Salter, M. (2018), 'Abuse and cruelty in religious bureaucracy : the case of the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle', Journal of Australian Studies, vol 42, no 2 , pp 243 - 255.
  • Dragiewicz, M., Burgess, J., Matamoros-Fernandez, A., Salter, M., Suzor, N., Woodlock, D. and Harris, B. (2018), 'Technology facilitated coercive control : domestic violence and the competing roles of digital media platforms', Feminist Media Studies, vol 18, no 4 , pp 609 - 625.
  • Salter, M. (2017), 'Doing trauma research in a sustainable way', Dignity: A Journal on Sexual Exploitation and Violence, vol 2, no 1 .
  • Salter, M. (2017), 'Organized abuse in adulthood : survivor and professional perspectives', Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, vol 18, no 3 , pp 441 - 453.
  • Salter, M. (2016), 'Privates in the online public : sex(ting) and reputation on social media', New Media and Society, vol 18, no 11 , pp 2723 - 2739.
  • Salter, M. (2016), 'Men's rights or men's needs? : anti-feminism in Australian men's health promotion', Canadian Journal of Women & the Law, vol 28, no 1 , pp 69 - 90.
  • Mottram, B. and Salter, M. (2016), '"It's an ethical, moral and professional dilemma I think" : domestic violence workers' understandings of women's use of violence in relationships', Affilia, vol 31, no 2 , pp 192 - 206.
  • Salter, M. (2016), ''Real men don't hit women': constructing masculinity in the prevention of violence against women', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, vol 49, no 4 , pp 463 - 479.
  • Salter, M. and Dagistanli, S. (2015), 'Cultures of abuse : 'sex grooming', organised abuse and race in Rochdale, UK', International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, vol 4, no 2 , pp 50 - 64.
  • Salter, M. and Breckenridge, J. (2014), 'Women, trauma and substance abuse : understanding the experiences of female survivors of childhood abuse in alcohol and drug treatment', International Journal of Social Welfare, vol 23, no 2 , pp 165 - 173.
  • Salter, M. (2014), 'Toys for the boys? Drones, pleasure and popular culture in the militarisation of policing', Critical Criminology, vol 22, no 2 , pp 163 - 177.
  • Salter, M. (2014), 'Multi-perpetrator domestic violence', Trauma, Violence, and Abuse, vol 15, no 2 , pp 102 - 112.
  • Salter, M. (2014), 'Getting Hagued : the impact of international law on child abduction by protective mothers', Alternative Law Journal, vol 39, no 1 , pp 19 - 23.
  • Salter, M., Crofts, T. and Lee, M. (2013), 'Beyond criminalisation and responsibilisation : sexting, gender and young people', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, vol 24, no 3 , pp 301 - 316.
  • Salter, M. (2013), 'Grace's story : prolonged incestuous abuse from childhood into adulthood', Violence Against Women, vol 19, no 2 , pp 146 - 165.
  • Lee, M., Crofts, T., Salter, M., Milivojevic, S. and McGovern, A. (2013), '"Let's get sexting": risk, power, sex and criminalisation in the moral domain', International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, vol 2, no 1 , pp 35 - 49.
  • Salter, M. (2013), 'Through a glass, darkly : representation and power in research on organised abuse', Qualitative Sociology Review, vol 9, no 3 , pp 152 - 166.
  • Salter, M. (2013), 'Justice and revenge in online counter-publics : emerging responses to sexual violence in the age of social media', Crime, Media, Culture, vol 9, no 3 , pp 225 - 242.
  • Salter, M. (2012), 'Jimmy Savile, Gary Glitter and the politics of paedophile rings', The Conversation, , no 2 November .
  • Salter, M. (2012), 'Rogue priests or a culture of abuse? Investigating paedophilia in the Catholic Church', The Conversation, , no 13 November .
  • Salter, M. (2012), 'Royal Commission: abuse victims need to be helped, not just heard', The Conversation, , no 16 November .
  • Salter, M. (2012), 'Fighting child sexual exploitation at home and overseas', The Conversation, .
  • Salter, M. and Tomsen, S. (2012), 'Violence and carceral masculinities in Felony Fights', British Journal of Criminology, vol 52, no 2 , pp 309 - 323.
  • Salter, M. (2012), 'Managing recidivism amongst high risk violent men', Australian Domestic & Family Violence Clearinghouse Issues Papers, vol 23 , pp 1 - 25.
  • Salter, M. and Richters, J. (2012), 'Organised abuse : a neglected category of sexual abuse with significant lifetime mental healthcare sequelae', Journal of Mental Health, vol 21, no 5 , pp 499 - 508.
  • Salter, M. (2012), 'Invalidation : a neglected dimension of gender-based violence and inequality', International Journal for Crime and Justice, vol 1, no 1 , pp 3 - 13.
  • Breckenridge, J., Salter, M. and Shaw, E. (2012), 'Use and abuse : understanding the intersections of childhood abuse, alcohol and drug use and mental health', Mental Health and Substance Use, vol 5, no 4 , pp 314 - 327.
  • Salter, M. (2012), 'The role of ritual in the organised abuse of children', Child Abuse Review, vol 21, no 6 , pp 440 - 451.

Conference Papers

  • Salter, M. (2011), 'Invalidation and gendered violence across the lifespan', Crime, Justice and Social Democracy Conference, Brisbane.
  • Salter, M. (2011), 'Organised abuse and testimonial legitimacy', The Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference 2010, Sydney.
  • Salter, M. (2008), 'Organised abuse and the politics of disbelief', The 2nd Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference, Sydney.

Other Publications

  • 2016, 'Real men do hit women : the violence at the heart of masculinity', Published Work
  • 2014, 'Less to Lose and More to Gain?: Men and Boys Violence Prevention Research Project: Final Report', Report

I have a diverse research agenda across the fields of gender, violence, culture and technology. I've recently completed research funded by the NSW and Victorian governments on the primary prevention of violence against women, and a research project on the social and legal aspects of young people's sexual use of digital and online technology. I have recent and forthcoming publications on the subjects of online sexual harrasment, institutional power and child abuse, feminist understandings of female-perpetrated violence, and the significance of ethnicity and culture in responses to child sexual exploitation.

This information has been contributed by Doctor Salter.

Previous Projects

Title: Violence Prevention Program Review and Evaluation Study One: Men and Boys' Violence Prevention
  • Department of Family and Community Services
Western Researchers: Moira Carmody, Michael Salter and Geir Henning Presterudstuen
Years: 2013-06-13 - 2015-03-31
ID: P00021688
Title: 'Preventing Violence before it Occurs' Framework Redevelopment Stage 1: Literature Review
  • VicHealth (Victorian Health Promotion Foundation) (non ACRG)
Western Researchers: Michael Salter
Years: 2014-03-31 - 2014-06-30
ID: P00022054
Title: Domestic violence and communication technology: Victim experiences of intrusion, surveillance, and identity theft [via QUT]
  • Australian Communications Consumer Action Network
Western Researchers: Michael Salter
Years: 2018-06-01 - 2019-08-15
ID: P00024593
Title: Improved accountability - the role of the perpetrator intervention systems [via Curtin Uni]
  • Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety Ltd
Western Researchers: Michael Salter
Years: 2016-07-04 - 2018-12-30
ID: P00023450


Doctor Salter is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Crime: Health and Social Effects on University Students
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Money and Domestic Violence: An Ecological Study of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violance Act 2005 (PWDVA)
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Policing Nightlife: The Representation and Transformation of Security in Sydney's Night-Time Economy
Field of Research: Criminology
Thesis Title: Painkiller (Ab)use: The Discursive Construction and Lived Experience of Non-Medical Consumption of Pain Medications
Field of Research: Criminology; Sociology; Social Work; Health
Thesis Title: 'Out of Control...and Vulnerable': Contextualising Women's Responsibility for their Perpetration of Intimate Partner Violence
Field of Research: Studies In Human Society

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