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What is financial abuse?

Friday, 24 May 2024

Financial abuse is when someone controls or manipulates your money and finances. It’s a recognised form of abuse which can have serious consequences on individuals and families.

Financial abuse may occur in a relationship with a partner, a family member, or a mate. Financial abuse can be hard to identify due to the gender and cultural norms associated with money, especially within families and romantic relationships.

How to Stay Safe When Your Partner Is Gambling

Tuesday, 14 May 2024

Is your partner’s gambling affecting you, and you aren’t sure what to do?

Gambling harm can extend to a person’s relationships and family. Gambling harm may look like relationship stress, distrust, arguing, financial problems, and can be related to domestic violence and financial abuse.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss how you can protect yourself, your finances, and your children if your partner's gambling is affecting you.

 

How to Talk to Your Children About Gambling

Tuesday, 16 April 2024

It’s no secret that gambling is common in Australia. Children may be exposed to gambling through avenues such as television, social media, video games, gambling apps, and their family and friends.

If you’re worried about your child gambling, it’s critical to talk to them about safer gambling and the risks of gambling harm. If your child is gambling, support is available.

Remember, social media and video games can still be used safely when you help your child understand the risks of gambling and gambling harm.

 

Gambling and Military Veterans

Tuesday, 16 April 2024

Australian veterans are at significant risk of experiencing gambling harm, which they are usually not seeking help for (commonly referred to as “problem gambling” or “having a gambling addiction”).

In this blog post, we discuss why veterans gamble, the dangers of gambling harm for Australian veterans, where to access support, how to protect yourself from gambling harm, and strategies to reduce or quit gambling.

 

What To Do When Your Partner Is Gambling

Wednesday, 6 March 2024

Is your partner’s gambling affecting your relationship?

If you and your partner disagree on their gambling, it may lead to relationship problems. You may be wondering how you can promote safer gambling activities and change their behaviours to stay together or if it’s in your best interest to break up.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss signs that your partner may be experiencing gambling harm, how you can support your partner, and how to best look after yourself when your partner is gambling.

 

Gambling and Money Stress

Tuesday, 13 February 2024

With the cost of living at an all-time high, a lot of us are feeling stressed about money.

It’s important to remember that gambling can’t solve any money problems – in fact, gambling can make financial problems worse.

In this article, we look at how you can change your gambling habits when you’re worried about money, and what free support options are available for you.

 

Overcoming Gambling Harm in the New Year

Wednesday, 10 January 2024

The New Year can represent a time to start over or to make changes.

Many people make New Year’s resolutions to motivate them to pick up positive habits or move away from negative ones.

Your New Year’s resolution might be to make better financial choices, to reduce your gambling, to practise safer gambling, or to take a break from gambling.

In this article, we’ll share some tips on how you can overcome gambling harm in the New Year.

 

Managing Financial Stress During the Holiday Season

Wednesday, 13 December 2023

The holiday season can be a time of celebration and making memories with our loved ones. It can also put us under significant financial pressure, which can lead to an increase in gambling harm.

In this blog post, we’ll share healthy ways to manage stress about money and why gambling is not the solution this holiday season.

 

Financial pressures and gambling

During the holidays, financial pressure can come from the expectations of gift-giving, family and social activities, travel expenses, and wanting to create memorable experiences with loved ones.

Older People and Gambling

Monday, 6 November 2023

Older folks are particularly at risk of gambling harm due to the ease at which seniors can access gaming venues, as well as risk factors such as loneliness and social isolation.

In this blog post, we’ll talk about the signs of gambling harm in older people, why older Queenslanders gamble, and how you can help your older loved one and yourself.

 

Signs of gambling harm in seniors

Gambling becomes harmful when it starts to have negative consequences on the person’s life and wellbeing.

Signs that gambling is becoming harmful may include:

Safer Online Sports Betting and Race Wagering

Friday, 3 November 2023

It has never been easier to have a punt on a match or a race. As more of us are placing a bet using phones or computers, the potential for experiencing harm from gambling increases.

It’s important to protect yourself: know about safer gambling practices, know the signs of gambling harm, and know how you can access free and confidential support 24/7.

This knowledge is even more critical during events like finals seasons, the Spring Racing Carnival, and the Melbourne Cup.

 

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