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
Violence against women Family violence Problem gambling Australia

This guide has been developed to build the capacity of workers in the domestic and family violence (DFV), gambling help and financial counselling sectors in order to support women who have been affected by DFV (including economic abuse) from a male partner, where the DFV is linked to the woman’s or her male partner’s gambling.

The guide provides eight key practice recommendations and practice skills which can be relatively easily implemented in most practice settings at low or no cost to the service provider or client. These recommendations are also likely to provide effective responses in that they are able to look at the intersecting context of the tactics utilised in DFV and the way they relate to the gambling.

The evidence for each recommendation is presented and shows how each practice recommendation was derived from a key theme. It then provides more specific considerations based on 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.

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ANROWS Insights 06/2020