A team of researchers has been granted a total of £250,000 by GambleAware to conduct research and explore the experiences of women who somehow were related to gambling and the consequences of gambling harm.
The team is led by Kelsey Beninger, who is the director at IFF Social Research Agency. The team will also collaborate with Maria Fannin, who is professor of human geography at the University of Bristol, Sharon Collard, professor of personal finance at the University of Bristol; and Dominique Webb, head of programmes at GamCare, and Marina Smith, women’s programme manager at GamCare.
The research will be conducted with mixed-methods, multidisciplinary and multi-sector approaches, while the program will last 18 months. It will include roundtables, in-depth interviews and community committees with women with lived experience of gambling harm.
Women’s gambling experiences is the key objective of the research
This study will have a key objective to research how women that have certain experiences with gambling, hambling harms, and gambling treatment deal with it and their reality.
The team will additionally explore the drivers of gambling harms among this category in Great Britain. Also, the services, interventions and policies that need to be reduced will also be considered. The final goal is to prevent gambling harm for women.
GambleAware has a five-year organisational strategy that includes the research. The GambleAware research director, Alison Clare said this category is under-researched and often presented as homogenous and in terms of how they differ to men’s experiences.
“We are pleased to have awarded this grant to this strong multi-agency, multi-disciplinary team which will be drilling down into the experiences and needs of different communities of women.”, he said.
He also commented that the research is an important step towards ensuring GambleAware and others are commissioning the range of treatment and support services women want and will use.
“GambleAware is committed to delivering a whole-system public health approach to gambling harms and understanding the wider determinants that drive these – including gender, health, race, ethnicity, and inequalities – is fundamental to achieving this.”
GambleAware is an independent charity, which aims to keep people safe from harmful gambling. They provide practical tips to help people with gambling problems to get their life back on track. In addition, they offer a 24/7 helpline, online and face-to-face counselling and are in partnership with expert organisations and agencies, including the NHS. The organisation is present in England, Scotland and Wales.