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Examining the Link between Family Violence and Problem Gambling

The link between family violence and problem gamblig was explored at a forum held by WHIN and its Increasing the Odds for Safety and Respect project partners in June, 2015. The 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.

It was attended by over 100 delegats, opened by Fiona Richardson, Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, 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.

Serge Sardo, CEO of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundations, 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 gamlber from whom she experienced family violence.