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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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Increasing the Odds for Safety and Respect: a gambling and family violence issues paper provides information on the link between gambling and family violence to professionals, advocates, and policy and decision makers. The paper summarises the project’s work over three years, forming an evidence base of research and practice on a gendered perspective of the co-occurrence of family violence and gambling-related harm.

 

50—50: Increasing the Odds for Safety and Respect Film and Resource Notes

This resource helps guide professionals from both the gambling and family violence counselling fields and provides the broader community with language to challenge expressions that support violence against women. The film shows 'Phil', a man with gambling issues, expressing stereotyped ideas of masculinity and femininity and a need to control his partner's independence and decisions. His friend 'Ahmed', who works as a counsellor, challenges these comments.

The 50–50: Increasing the Odds for Safety and Respect film is accompanied by a set of resource notes. The film is available to stream online and the resource notes can be downloaded.  To order a hard copies please contact the office by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 9484 1666.

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 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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