The relationship between gambling and domestic violence against women

The relationship between gambling and domestic violence against women

Commissioned report – September 2020

This qualitative study investigated the relationship between gambling and violence by men against their female intimate partners.

While gambling was found not to directly cause intimate partner violence, it does reinforce the gendered drivers of violence to intensify the frequency and severity of intimate partner violence against women. The study also highlights the prevalence of economic abuse among women experiencing gambling-related intimate partner violence. 

The study found that some service providers lack awareness about the link between gambling and intimate partner violence. Screening and integrated service responses for both gambling problems and intimate partner violence were limited.

The study further found that gambling-related harm (including economic abuse) is enabled by current protocols of gambling operators and financial institutions.

The report includes recommendations for awareness-raising, prevention and improved service delivery.

The report is published on Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS) website.

Publication details

Commissioned report
Published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, September 2020