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The relationship between gambling and intimate partner violence against women

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

The study involved 116 interviews with:

  • women with lived experience of violence that was linked to their male partner’s gambling
  • women with lived experience of violence that was linked to their own gambling
  • men who had used gambling-related violence against a female partner
  • service providers from domestic and family violence services, gambling help, financial counselling and other allied services.

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.

 

 

Publication details

This work is part of the ANROWS Research reports series. ANROWS Research reports are in-depth reports on empirical research produced under ANROWS’s research program.

 


Authors

PROFESSOR NERILEE HING
Research Professor, Experimental Gambling Research Laboratory, Central Queensland University

DR CATHERINE O’MULLAN
Senior Lecturer, Central Queensland University

DR ELAINE NUSKE
Senior Lecturer, Southern Cross University

DR HELEN BREEN
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Southern Cross University

LYDIA MAINEY
Lecturer, Central Queensland University

PROFESSOR ANNABEL TAYLOR
Research Professor, Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research, Central Queensland University

DR ANDREW FROST
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Central Queensland University

NANCY GREER
Research Worker and PhD candidate, Central Queensland University

DR REBECCA JENKINSON
Manager and Senior Research Fellow, Australian Gambling Research Centre

UMA JATKAR
Senior Research Officer, Australian Gambling Research Centre

JULIE DEBLAQUIERE
Senior Research Officer, Australian Gambling Research Centre

DR ANGELA RINTOUL
Research Fellow, Australian Gambling Research Centre

DR ANNA THOMAS
Research Translation Manager, RMIT University

ERIKA LANGHAM
Lecturer, Central Queensland University

PROFESSOR ALUN JACKSON
Honorary Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne

DR JAMIE LEE
Principal Researcher, Relationships Australia South Australia

VIJAY RAWAT
Research Worker, Central Queensland University

 


 

ISBN: 978-1-925925-55-5 (print) | 978-1-925925-56-2 (online)

141 pp.

 

Suggested citation

Hing, N., O’Mullan, C., Nuske, E., Breen, H., Mainey, L., Taylor, A., … Rawat, V. (2020). The relationship between gambling and intimate partner violence against women (Research report, 21/2020). Sydney: ANROWS.

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