Interpersonal Violence in Adults with ASD

What's this project about?

Researchers have demonstrated that individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are likely to experience victimization in various forms, such as bullying and sexual victimization. However, little is known about other experiences of interpersonal violence in adults with ASDs. In this project, we will be examining a variety of factors related to interpersonal violence in adults with high functioning ASD. We want to understand the factors contributing to experiences of victimization and perpetration in this population

How did we go about doing this research?

We used standardized assessment measures and questionnaires, with adults across Ontario over the age of 18 with high functioning ASD and a comparison sample of typically developing adults in the same age range. We are asked participants to meet with a researcher for approximately an hour and a half to two hours to answer questions and fill out questionnaires.  Participants were provided with a $50 gift card. 

What will we do with our research findings?

The results of this study will provide us with an understanding of the factors that may be contributing to interpersonal violence experiences in the adult ASD population. Results of this study may also have important implications in the development of safety training and curriculum development. When the study is completed, we will write an article summarizing our findings to submit to an academic journal, present the results at national and international conferences, and create a brief summary of our findings to post on this website.

What is the next step?

We have completed recruitment for this study, and are in the process of analyzing the results. We will be sending an update about what we are finding to all the participants, and plan on presenting results at upcoming scientific conferences. Stay tuned!

Want to know more about this project?

If you have questions about this study feel free to contact Michelle Viecili by email at, or by phone at (416) 736-2100 ext. 44032.