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Participants Sought for New Gambling Survey

Participants Sought for New Gambling Survey

A new study is being carried out by students at the University of Lincoln and the team is looking for people who have turned to crime due to their gambling addiction and who are willing to complete its survey.

The research team at the university is being supported by GamCare which is currently raising awareness of the study. However, the findings will be used in a report on “Crime and Problem Gambling” that is being compiled by the Howard League, a UK-based charity that aims to create safer communities, less crime, and improvements in penal reform.

Investigation process

Participants will be asked to undergo in-depth, two-hour-long interviews that will help the researchers ascertain how people first begin engaging with gambling, how gambling affects people’s jobs, families, and social networks, what types of gambling people participate in, and how and when gambling escalates and results in people committing offences.

People who are willing to volunteer to help the university study must have committed a crime due to their gambling habits, be aged 18 or over, and be a resident of England or Wales.

It is hoped that by talking to those with real-life experience of the issue, experts, government officials, gambling support organisations and charities such as GamCare, will gain a greater understanding of how treatment and interventions pertaining to gambling addiction are utilised.

GamCare also wants the study’s findings to improve the support that is made available to problem gamblers who have committed crimes.

Thanks to its efforts in assisting people with gambling addictions, raising awareness, and promoting cross-sector work around crime and gambling, GamCare was given The Howard League’s Organisation of the Year Award last December.

The Howard League’s annual community awards are designed to recognise some of the most successful and beneficial community projects that are helping to address issues affecting people across the criminal justice system.

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