Problem gamblers prone to family violence

MORE than half of self-described problem gamblers have reported being violent towards their own children, new research has found.

A research paper from the Australian Institute of Family Studies' gambling research centre has highlighted social problems associated with gambling.

The paper found while the exact relationship between problem gambling and family violence was "yet to be determined", a recent study showed connections.

It revealed gambling problems had preceded victimisation and perpetration or family and domestic violence.

While it was unclear whether the gambling, or the violence, came first, it found stress from gambling problems could lead to violence and victims could turn to gambling.

Regardless of which came first, the paper showed anger problems, low employment levels, young age, alcohol consumption and drug use could all add to problems.

Topics:  gambling violence

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