The link between family violence and problem gambling was explored at the ‘Examining the Link’ forum that was held on 21 June 2015 by Women’s Health In the North (WHIN) and its project partners. This forum brought together researchers and practitioners to discuss how this link impacts on women’s lives and to hear from service providers about how they work with women to improve their financial security and safety.
Attended by over 100 delegates, the forum was opened by Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson who noted that ‘service providers… had done the hard yards in keeping the focus on family violence’ and the need for ongoing work in this area’.
CEO of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation Serge Sardo talked about the “deplorable” sexist online gambling advertising which is currently unregulated. Dr Nicki Dowling presented her research which shows that ‘people with gambling issues are more likely than those without to be perpetrators or victims of family violence’.
The forum ended with a panel of practitioners who each presented a case scenario and spoke about how they support women in their work. These stories were brought to life by a local community educator’s honest recalling of her own experiences as a partner of a problem gambler from whom she experienced family violence.
Presentations from the forum can be found here.
(Source: WHIN eNews, 29 June 2015).