Areas with more poker machines have higher rates of domestic violence

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Our recently published research suggests a link between the number of poker machines in an area and levels of domestic violence.

We compared publicly available data on poker machine numbers with police-recorded domestic violence incidents in Victoria between 2005 and 2014. Specifically, we compared the number of pokies and pokie venues in each Victorian postcode to the number of “family violence incidents” recorded by the police, and the number of those incidents that led to a formal charge of assault.

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