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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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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.

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RP.17.01

The relationship between gambling and domestic violence against women

Completed
September 2020

This qualitative study investigated the relationship between gambling and violence by men against their female intimate partners


The study found that while gambling does not directly cause intimate partner violence, it reinforces the gendered drivers of violence to intensify the frequency and severity of intimate partner violence against women.

The study highlighted the prevalence of economic abuse among women experiencing gambling-related intimate partner violence. It also identified that gambling venues serve as safe spaces for women, and that in many areas there are few alternatives.


The study found that some service providers, as well as the community, lack awareness about the link between gambling and intimate partner violence. In terms of service delivery, screening and integrated service responses for both gambling problems and intimate partner violence were found to be limited.

The study further found that gambling-related harm (including economic abuse) is enabled by current protocols of gambling operators and financial institutions.

Recommendations for awareness-raising, prevention and improved service delivery are included in the report.


Researchers

Project Lead

Professor Nerilee Hing, Central Queensland University

Research expertise

Dr Catherine O’Mullan, Central Queensland University

Dr Elaine Nuske, Southern Cross University

Dr Helen Breen, Southern Cross University

Lydia Mainey, Central Queensland University

Professor Annabel Taylor, Central Queensland University

Dr Andrew Frost, Central Queensland University

Nancy Greer, Central Queensland University

Dr Rebecca Jenkinson, Australian Gambling Research Centre

Uma Jatkar, Australian Gambling Research Centre

Julie Deblaquiere, Australian Gambling Research Centre

Dr Angela Rintoul, Australian Gambling Research Centre

Dr Anna Thomas, RMIT University

Erika Langham, Central Queensland University

Professor Alun Jackson, University of Melbourne

Vijay Rawat, Central Queensland University

Practice expertise

Dr Jamie Lee, Relationships Australia SA

Alisha Heidenreich, Relationships Australia SA

Dr Jemima Petch, Relationships Australia QLD

Aditi Lohan, Relationships Australia QLD

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, Salvation Army Australia Southern Territory Social Work, VIC

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


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RESEARCH REPORT

The relationship between gambling and intimate partner violence against women

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RESEARCH SUMMARY

Problem gambling and intimate partner violence: Key findings and future directions

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MEDIA RELEASE

Study shows economic abuse is exacerbated by gambling

Wednesday, 30th September 2020

 

New research published today by ANROWS shows that while gambling does not directly cause intimate partner violence (IPV), it exacerbates it in serious ways.

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Budget

$230,848

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

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