Gambling and DV against women

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

What is financial or economic abuse?

Financial or economic abuse occurs when another person manipulates your decision-making, or controls your access to money or other property without your consent. Financial abuse occurs when a partner does any of the following:

  • stops or tries to stop you knowing about or having access to household money
  • stops or tries to stop you from working or earning money, or studying
  • deprives you of basic material needs (e.g. food, shelter)
  • damages, destroys, pawns, sells or steals any of your property
  • takes complete control of finances and money
  • provides an inadequate allowance and monitors what you spend money on
  • takes your pay and does not allow you to access it
  • prevents you from getting to work by taking your keys or car
  • commits identity theft to secure credit
  • uses your credit card without your permission
  • pressures, coerces or makes you responsible for debt without your consent

What is a gambling problem?

Problem gambling is characterised by difficulties in limiting money and/or time on gambling, which leads to adverse consequences for the gambler, others, or for the community.

How long will the interview take?

The interview should take no longer than 60 minutes of your time.

When will interviewing occur?

IInterviews will continue until early 2019.

Is there payment for participating?

Yes. We greatly appreciate you taking the time to participate in this important study. All participants will be offered a $40 shopping voucher for their time and effort. After the interview the voucher can be emailed, texted, or mailed out to you.

Is participation voluntary?

There is a risk that participating in the interview may bring back painful memories. Your participation is entirely voluntary, and you have the right to cancel or stop the interview at any time without penalty. The safety and welfare of participants is of utmost importance to us. Anyone withdrawing or indicating significant distress will be followed up by the interviewer and referred to appropriate support services if required or requested.

How will my privacy be protected?

We will protect your anonymity and the confidentiality of your responses to the fullest possible extent, within the limits of the law. You can use a pseudonym if you prefer not to provide your real name. This name and a ny contact details you choose to provide (optional) will be kept in a password protected computer file separate from any data you supply. Your name will not appear in the research report or any associated publications or presentations. We will also remove any references to personal information that might allow someone to ascertain your identity. The de-identified data will be kept securely by CQUniversity for a period of 5 years from the date of publication of research results and then destroyed.

You have up to three weeks after your interview to request withdrawal of your data from the project, by notifying the Project Officer at E:
[email protected]; t: 0434 519 762. Unfortunately we can’t withdraw your data after that time, because some of it may have been combined with data from other participants in our analysis. You can also request a copy of your interview transcription to review, amend or withdraw within two weeks of receiving the transcription.

Will any information I provide be reported to authorities?

Domestic violence can affect children both directly and indirectly. We have a responsibility to promote children’s safety. We do this as respectfully as possible and only in strict accordance with law. If researchers become aware of any risks to children, then they must share this information with the relevant child protection service. The relevant service and the procedure for sharing information will depend on where the child lives. Similarly, if the researchers become aware of any illegal activity where they believe that you or your family is at risk of harm, they must also share this information with the relevant authority.

How will I receive feedback?

This research is being conducted as part of a multistage project. At the end of the project, in early 2020, ANROWS will publish two reports on the study on their website ( If you would like us to send you links to these reports please indicate this when you register for the study. We can also email you a “plain English summary” of the results.

How can I participate?

Register online: Go to the Home page of this website and select the link provided.

[email protected]

Phone: the Project Officer on 0434 519 762
Text: 0488 824 624

Where can I get further information?

If you require any further information, please contact our Project Officer at  [email protected], call 0434 519 762, or text 0488 824 624.

If you have broader queries or concerns about the research, please contact the Chief Investigator (Nerilee Hing) on 
[email protected].

You are also welcome to contact CQUniversity’s Ethics and Compliance Officer at the Office of Research on 07 4923 2603. Clients of UnitingCare agencies in Queensland can also contact the Chair of the UnitingCare Queensland Human Research Ethics Committee at
[email protected] or 07 3253 4000.

More information about the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research (QCDFVR) can be found at:

Where can I get more support or help for my experiences with DV, gambling, or finances?

We understand that the interview will involve discussing sensitive and potentially distressing topics. If you experience discomfort at any point before, during or after the interview, you can contact the following confidential help services:

1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or . This is a free and confidential help service that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to support people impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence and abuse.

Gambler’s Help on 1800 858 858 or . These are free and confidential telephone/online help services that operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Lifeline on 13 11 14 or . This a free and confidential national service which provides persons experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.

National Debt Helpline on 1800 007 007 or . This is a free and confidential service offering financial counselling. The 1800 helpline is available from 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

MensLine on 1300 78 99 78 or . These are free telephone and online counselling services for men with family and relationship concerns. They operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.