Gambling and DV against women

About the study

What is domestic violence?

In this study, DV refers to acts of violence that occur in domestic settings between two people who are, or were, in an intimate partner relationship. It includes physical, sexual, emotional, psychological and financial or economic abuse as described below. This study is interested in how all types of DV interact with gambling and gambling problems.
Physical violence: intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, which either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment, or deprivation.

Sexual violence: sexual activity where consent is not obtained or freely given. It occurs any time a person is forced, coerced or manipulated into any unwanted sexual activity, such as touching, sexual harassment and intimidation, forced marriage, trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, sexual assault and rape.

Emotional/psychological violence: can include a range of controlling behaviours such as isolation from family and friends, continual humiliation, threats against children, or being threatened with injury or death.

Financial or economic abuse: includes behaviours that aim to control another person’s ability to acquire, use, and maintain economic resources, thus threatening their economic security and potential for self-sufficiency. It includes manipulating another person’s decision-making, access to money or other property without their consent, to foster dependence and control. 
​CQUniversity, its Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research (QCDFVR), and the Australian Institute of Family Studies have been engaged by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) to examine the relationship between gambling and domestic violence (DV). This study aims to improve domestic violence support and gambling help services for women by documenting their views and experiences and those of relevant service providers.​​​​​​​​​

The scope of this study includes:
  • Women’s experiences of DV linked to a current or former male partner’s gambling
  • Women’s experiences of DV linked to their own gambling
  • Women's use of gambling or gambling venues to cope with or escape from DV
  • Women's experiences of financial or economic abuse due to a current or former male partner's gambling
  • Men's experiences of gambling-related DV against women

We are seeking interviews with women and men located in Australia who have had one (or perhaps more) of the five experiences listed above, and have engaged with a DV, gambling or other allied support service in relation to this. This service may be a counsellor, telephone helpline, GA, Gam-Anon, online support, psychologist, health practitioner or other service.

This research is being conducted in partnership with Relationships Australia (NSW, QLD, SA, ACT), Cairns Regional Domestic Violence Service, Crossroads Family Violence Service, and Women’s Health in the North. This project has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committees of CQUniversity (no. 0000020852), Relationships Australia NSW (no. 111217_4), and UnitingCare Queensland (no. 22618).

Compensation for your time and effort

Your time is valuable. At the end of the interview, we will offer you a ​​​$40 shopping voucher for your time and effort.

What you are invited to do

If you have had any of the above experiences and have engaged with a domestic violence (DV), gambling, financial counselling or other allied support service in relation to this, we invite you to participate in this research.

This will involve an interview for up to 60 minutes with one of the project’s researchers, at a mutually convenient time. Interviews are scheduled to start 16 July 2018 and continue until early 2019. You can be interviewed on your own or you can have a support person (family, friend or help agency staff) to sit in on the interview with you if you prefer.

The researcher will ask you to tell your story as it relates to the research topic, and will ask questions or for further details along the way. You can decline to answer any specific questions or divulge any further information if you prefer. The interview will be an informal conversation between yourself and the researcher, rather than asking you a formal set of questions.

How to participate

Register online: Go to the Home page and select the link provided
Email: [email protected]
Phone: the Project Officer on 
0434 519 762
Text: 0488 824 624