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Increasing the Odds for Safety and Respect

What is the Project about?

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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.

 Project Activities

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. 

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 Future Work

Gambling Buildings for WebWHIN 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. 

For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at Women's Health In the North on (03) 9484 1666, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at Women's Health East on (03) 9851 3700.

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 [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.

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