The relationship between gambling and domestic violence against women
Research report into the link between gambling and intimate partner violence Central Queensland University (CQU) have released a report about the link between gambling and intimate partner violence. This qualitative study investigated the relationship between gambling and violence by men against their female intimate partners.
Please disseminate as widely as you can to raise awareness about the link between gambling and intimate partner violence and encourage screening and appropriate service responses.
Key findings were:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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 published on the ANROWS website at https://www.anrows.org.au/project/the-relationship-between-gambling-and-domestic-violence-against-women/