Research Program 

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Through the Safe Sport Research Grant Program, we are partnering with leading academics to increase our understanding of:

  • the root causes of maltreatment in sport;
  • the positive behaviours that lead to fun and welcoming sport experiences; and
  • the impact of Abuse-Free Sport’s independent programs and services.


The program has funded a total of 10 research projects in 2021-22, each conducting a knowledge synthesis on one of ten themes identified by an expert working group:

  1. Best practice for athletes to feel safe in reporting maltreatment;
  2. Best practices for complaint handling systems;
  3. Best practices to ensure survivors-centric complaint process/trauma-informed process in non-sport sectors;
  4. Comparative analysis of other safe sport initiatives worldwide;
  5. Experience of high-performance athletes with the complaint process;
  6. Experience with the complaint process for marginalized groups;
  7. Positions of survivor groups on maltreatment complaint processes;
  8. Prevalence of maltreatment in community-level sports;
  9. Review of non-sport-organizations’ management of complaints; and
  10. Review of programs supporting survivors in sport and other fields.

In the fall 2022, Abuse-Free Sport will hold a Safe Sport Research Symposium to share the results of this research and establish priorities for the safe sport research grant program in the coming years.

Following the Symposium, a call for applications will be issued for the next round of research funding.