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In recent months our team at Beacon Counselling Trust have been contributing to some very powerful and thought provoking discussions with the research team commissioned by the Howard League and BetKnowMore into ‘women, crime and gambling related harms’.

People have been incredibly generous in giving their time to this study and in sharing their lived experience.

All of those are doing so in a bid to give wider understanding of what gambling related harms is and the impacts that has had on everyday life from family to employment, education, social connection to contact with the criminal or legal system.

Julie Trebilock a senior lecturer in criminology and Dr Nicola Harding, a criminologist and director of the centre for crime, law and justice at Lancaster University have been leading the study, with a small group of peer researchers.

Julie said: “I am in absolute awe of the women involved with our study to use their lived experiences to help others. I am hoping we can use their stories to bring about positive change.

If you know anyone with experience of gambling related harms as a female gambler, an affected other or as a professional working with gambling harms and crime in your work and who would like to help in this study, you can complete a very short online form here:

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