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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.


News and events

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.


The relationship between gambling and domestic violence against women

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.

As an extension of this research, a practice guide for gambling counsellors, financial counsellors and domestic and family violence workers was also developed. The development of this practice guide was funded by the ANROWS Research Fund to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children (Philanthropic—Luke Batty Legacy). This resource aims to assist individual practitioners and service managers working in the domestic and family violence, gambling help and financial counselling sectors to support women affected by domestic and family violence and gambling issues.

The practice guide provides eight key practice recommendations and practice skills, as well as specific considerations for particular populations, including older women, women in rural and remote areas, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, and women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.


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



The relationship between gambling and intimate partner violence against women



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



The dangerous combination of gambling and domestic and family violence against women: Practice guide for gambling counsellors, financial counsellors and domestic and family violence workers



Gambling harm and intimate partner violence

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.


  • 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.

Faciliated by: Michele Robinson, Director Evidence to Action, ANROWS.


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.




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

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