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GambleAware has announced its recent grant award process to build evidence of the experiences of women in relation to gambling harms, both as gamblers and “affected others.”


The 18-month programme is taking a mixed-methods, multidisciplinary and multi-sector approach and will include roundtables, depth interviews and community committees with women with lived experience of gambling harms.

The research has been commissioned as part of GambleAware’s wider five-year organisational strategy, guided by an overarching vision of a society free from gambling harms.

Alison Clare, research director at GambleAware, said: “Women’s experiences of gambling harms are under-researched, 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.

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“This 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.”

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