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ANROWS hosts events as part of its knowledge transfer and exchange work, including public lectures, workshops and research launches. Details of upcoming ANROWS activities and news are available from the list on the right.



ANROWS was established by the Commonwealth and all state and territory governments of Australia to produce, disseminate and assist in applying evidence for policy and practice addressing violence against women and their children.



To support the take-up of evidence, ANROWS offers a range of resources developed from research to support practitioners and policy-makers in delivering evidence-based interventions.

Webinar: Gambling harm and intimate partner violence

Webinar: Gambling harm and intimate partner violence

  • 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm, Wednesday, 9th December 2020 - Wednesday, 9th December 2020
  • Webinar - AEDT

Previous research into the links between gambling and intimate partner violence has generally defined violence in terms of physical assault.

There has been little examination of the connection between gambling and coercive control and economic abuse. ANROWS research The relationship between gambling and intimate partner violence against women led by Professor Nerilee Hing addresses this gap, exploring the impacts of both men’s and women’s gambling problems. This research found that while gambling does not directly cause IPV, it exacerbates it in serious ways, and that economic abuse is highly prevalent among women experiencing gambling related IPV.

This webinar launches the practice guide ‘The dangerous combination of gambling and domestic and family violence against women’. Developed as part of the ANROWS research project, this guide aims to enhance practice across gambling help, financial counselling and domestic and family violence services.

Findings of the research and highlights from the practice guide will be shared in a panel discussion facilitated by Michele Robinson, Director of Evidence to Action, ANROWS with:

  • Professor Nerilee Hing, Central Queensland University & lead author of the report
  • Corinna Freytag, Relationships Australia South Australia & lead author of the practice guide
  • Dini Soulio, Liquor & Gambling Commissioner and Commissioner for Consumer Affairs – Consumer & Business Services, South Australia
  • members of the Three Sides of the Coin gambling lived experience project.

There will also be a live Q&A.

This webinar is designed for:

  • practice design decision makers, policymakers and practitioners, working in domestic and family violence, gambling help, and financial counselling services.

The webinar is open to anyone and free to attend. A recording of the webinar will also be available on the ANROWS website.

Enquiries: rachel.pow@anrows.org.au



Dr Nerilee Hing
Dr Nerilee Hing is a Research Professor (Gambling Studies) in the Experimental Gambling Research Laboratory at CQUniversity, Australia. Her research focuses on gambling problems, gambling harm and harm minimisation. Major projects have focused on internet gambling, sports betting, gambling marketing, stigma, help-seeking, and the impacts of gambling on vulnerable groups. Nerilee has published over 200 peer-reviewed publications relating to gambling, and her research is aimed at informing gambling policy and practice to reduce gambling harm.

Corinna Freytag
Corinna Freytag is the Practice Leader of the Gambling Help Services of Relationships Australia South Australia. She is a qualified social worker. Corinna has 10 years of experience in counselling individuals, couples and families on a very broad range of life challenges and undertakes community education and development. Corinna has forged strong relationships with stakeholders of the South Australian and national gambling sector.

Three Sides of the Coin
Three Sides of the Coin is a project of Link Health that uses creative story-telling with people who have experienced gambling harm. They learn to theatrically express their journeys into darkness and their process of healing and recovery. They have become passionate advocates for change, challenging the stigma around gambling and framing it as a public health issue.

Our ‘experts by experience’ are educating ‘experts by profession’ about the intersections of gambling with family violence, mental health, AOD and crime.

Dini Soulio
Dini Soulio is the Liquor & Gambling Commissioner and Commissioner for Consumer Affairs leading Consumer & Business Services in South Australia. CBS has a very broad portfolio including consumer protection, occupational licensing, liquor licensing, gambling regulation and charities regulation. Dini has a background in law, consumer protection, corporate regulation and enforcement. Dini practiced as a solicitor in private practice before holding senior regulatory roles with the Australian Customs Service and Australian Securities & Investments Commission.

Facilitated by:
Michele Robinson
Michele joined ANROWS in 2017 as the Director, Evidence to Action. Michele leads the translation and dissemination of research at ANROWS to support the take-up of evidence into policy and practice, to reduce violence against women and their children. This role builds on Michele’s 18 years of experience in leadership roles developing advice and strategies on research, knowledge partnerships and exchange in a diverse range of sectors, including the prevention of violence against women and their children.


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