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Increasing the Odds for Safety and Respect
What is the Project about?
Increasing the Odds for Safety and Respect is a prevention project funded by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation focusing on the link between family violence and gambling with a view to increasing the safety of women experiencing violence from male partners and to reduce harm from gambling.
The project is based in the northern and eastern metropolitan regions of Melbourne. Women's Health In the North and Women's Health East are working with family violence services, Gambler's Help services and other health and human services providers to increase knowledge about the link between family violence and gambling and to strengthen risk assessment mechanisms, referral pathways and service delivery across these sectors.
The project evolved from research indicating that family violence is three times more likely to occur in families in which there is significant harm from gambling than in families in which there is no harm from gambling[i]. Although the link between these issues is acknowledged in both Australian and international literature, it is not yet well researched, nor understood.
The Increasing the Odds for Safety and Respect project has produced a range of resouces to assist service providers and policy makers to understand the link between family violence and gambling.
- The Gambling and Family Violence Factsheet contains current research and information on these issues.
- The Applying a Gendered Approach to the Link between Family Violence and Problem Gambling information sheet discusses the benefits of placing a gendered lense over work that addresses the link between family violence and gambling related harm.
- The Consultation Summary Report is based on discussions with representatives from Gambler's Help, family violence services, and other health and human services about their experiences of working with clients who may be experiencing gambling harm and family violence.
- Drawing on the work of the Increasing the Odds for Safety and Respect project, WHIN and its partners prepared a submission to the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence. This submission includes a summary of what is known about the link between family violence and problem gambling, and supporting recommendations.
WHIN and Women's Health East are pleased to advise that the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation is continuing to fund the Increasing the Odds for Safety and Respect project until June 2017.
During this time the project staff will be working on the following activities:
- Resource development with messaging relating to the primary prevention of violence against women and the prevention of harm from gambling.
- Community education and awareness-raising about the link between family violence and gambling.
- Professional development for the family violence and Gambler's Help sectors.
If you would like us to come and speak about the project, please contact us (details below).
Project Contact Details
Women's Health In the North, Women’s Heath East, and North East Primary Care Partnership are the project partners. Funding has been secured from the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation until June 2017.
[i] Dowling, N. A., Ewin, C., Youssef, G. J., Thomas, S. A., & Jackson, A. C. Problem gambling and family violence: Findings from a population representative community study. Manuscript in preparation.