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Violence against women and their children affects everybody. It impacts on the health, wellbeing and safety of a significant proportion of Australians throughout all states and territories and places an enormous burden on the nation’s economy across family and community services, health and hospitals, income-support and criminal justice systems.


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The relationship between gambling and domestic violence against women

Start date | Project length:
Commenced mid-2017 | 2+ years

This national project is a partnership between CQ University, Australian Institute of Family Studies, Relationships Australia (Qld, NSW, SA), Financial Counselling Australia, WHIN, Crossroads and Cairns Regional Domestic Violence Service, which will build capacity, strengthen inter-sector links, and widely translate new knowledge to inform policy, programs and practice.

The project aims to investigate the nature of the relationship between gambling and domestic violence (DV), including the role of gambling in economic abuse and the use of gambling venues as “safe spaces” for women experiencing violence. The key research questions are:

1. How might problem gambling contribute to DV towards women when 1) the DV is linked to the perpetrator’s (man’s) gambling or 2) linked to the victim’s (woman’s) gambling?


2. How might DV contribute to gambling problems when women DV victims use gambling as a coping mechanism and/or venues as “safe spaces”?

3. How might problem gambling contribute to the economic abuse of women to sustain the perpetrator’s gambling, and pose risks to women when acting to protect family finances?

4. What are the distinctive experiences of gambling-related DV and DV-related gambling for older women?


Project Lead

Prof Nerilee Hing, Central Queensland University

Research expertise

Erika Langham, Central Queensland University

Prof Annabel Taylor, Central Queensland University

Dr Catherine O'Mullan, Central Queensland University

Lydia Mainey, Central Queensland University

Nancy Greer, Central Queensland University

Dr Andrew Frost, Central Queensland University

Dr Elaine Nuske, Australian Catholic University

Prof Alun Jackson, Jackson Consulting; University of Melbourne

Dr Rebecca Jenkinson, Australian Institute of Family Studies

Dr Angela Rintoul, Australian Institute of Family Studies

Julie Deblaquiere, Australian Institute of Family Studies

Dr Anna Thomas, RMIT University

Practice expertise

Dr Jemima Petch, Relationships Australia, QLD

Aditi Lohan, Relationships Australia, QLD

Dr Jamie Lee, Relationships Australia, SA

Alisha Heidenreich, Relationships Australia, SA

Dr Jen Hamer, Relationships Australia, NSW

Fiona Loaney, Relationships Australia, ACT

Felicity Hamilton, Relationships Australia, ACT

Sandra Morris, Women's Health in The North Inc. VIC

Blanca Ramos, The Salvation Army Australia Southern Territory Social Work, VIC

Amanda Lee-Ross, Cairns Regional Domestic Violence Service, QLD

Ms Lauren Levin, Financial Counselling Australia, QLD



Funded by AustraliaFunded by Australian Commonwealth, state and territory governments under ANROWS’s 2017 core grant round.

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