GamCare has called for participants to help the University of Lincoln carry out research into ‘gambling and crime’.
The University is conducting research interviews of ‘participants that have committed a crime as a result of gambling’ on behalf of the Howard League – the UK’s leading charity and organisation on penal reform.
The interviews will form part of the Howard League’s ongoing ‘Crime & Problem Gambling’ report, which aims to provide deeper insights on the relationship between gambling and crime.
The Howard League has focused its study on securing in-depth qualitative research, with interviews required to secure insights on:
- First engagements with gambling
- What types of gambling they partake in
- How gambling escalates to criminal behaviours
- Gambling’s impact on key relationships – family, employment and personal networks.
House of Lords select committees reviewing UK gambling have previously noted a lack of evidence with regards to problem gambling connections with crime when analysing the wider impact of the gambling on society.
The research will be conducted on England and Wales residents, who must be +18 to participate (contact – [email protected]k)
“Through these interviews, the research aims to gain a greater understanding about how effective interventions or treatments for gambling problems are utilised, improving the understanding and support available to people who are affected by gambling and have engaged in crime,” said GamCare.