GambleAware grants £250,000 for women affected by gambling
GambleAware awarded £250,000 to do research on women’s gambling experiences, whether they are gamblers themselves or are influenced by it.
The financing was earned to a group headed by Kelsey Beninger, IFF Social Research Agency’s director, in cooperation with Maria Fannin, human geography professor and Sharon Collard, a personal finance professor at the University of Bristol; and Dominique Webb, head of programs and Marina Smith Women’s Programme at GamCare, through a contentious method.
The initiative, lasting a year and a half, will use a mixed-method, interdisciplinary, and multi-sector strategy, consisting of roundtable discussions, interviewing people, and community committees comprising women who have experienced gambling problems.
The project’s primary goals are to investigate the reality and how much women have been involved in gambling, have experienced it secondhand with its adverse effects, or have had gambling treatment. The project will also investigate and identify the drivers of gambling harms among women in the United Kingdom and explore the services, intervention strategies, and regulations to decrease and help stop gambling damage effects for women.
Alison Clare, research director of GambleAware, stated:
“Women’s experiences of gambling consequences are under-researched, frequently portrayed as undifferentiated and in context of how they vary from men’s experiences. We are glad to have given this funding to this great multi-agency, a multi-disciplinary workgroup that will delve into the experiences and needs of many women’s groups. This is a significant step in ensuring that GambleAware and others acquire the treatment and support programs that women need and will utilize.”
According to the organization, the inquiry was conducted as part of GambleAware’s five-year organizational plan, driven by an overall goal of a society free of gambling problems.
Clare went on to say:
“GambleAware is dedicated to implementing a whole-system public health response to gambling problems, and identifying the broader variables that cause these – such as gender, health, race, ethnicity, and inequality – is critical to accomplishing this.”