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Problem Gambling and Domestic Violence in Times of Crisis

Post by Administrator » Fri Apr 24, 2020 4:39 pm

These are trying times – not only for Floridians, but for people around the globe. Being isolated and in “lockdown mode” can be a difficult experience. It is important to keep staying positive and have hope that this will all be over sooner, rather than later.

A troubling side effect – domestic violence is on the rise around the world.

Multiple states have shown a substantial increase in domestic violence calls over the last few months and unfortunately, this could be a trend that continues for some time.

The United Nations raised the alarm that there has been “a sharp rise in domestic violence amid global coronavirus lockdowns.”[1] Recently, super-middleweight boxing champion Billy Joe Saunders posted a video on social media about how to hit your spouse during the coronavirus lockdown. This, of course, drew ire from many, and Saunders was suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control following the incident. In the video, the world super-middleweight champion appeared to demonstrate how men could hit their partners if "your old woman is giving you mouth" during the coronavirus lockdown. Also of note, Saunders posted in October about losing £22,000 (about $23,715) at a casino in one visit.[2]

>> Gambling Addiction Can Be a Factor in Domestic Violence

For problem gamblers, this has always been a serious and related statistic. It is not just spousal or significant other abuse but also children and elders that are affected. Unfortunately, domestic violence takes on many ugly faces and can be physical, verbal, or emotional abuse.

The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling (FCCG) wants you to know that if you are living with a problem gambler (or any addict), and you are being abused, to contact the Florida Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-500-1119 or contact them through fcadv.org. As with many other domestic violence websites, there is a “quick escape” button to instantly leave the site, in case the perpetrator is near.

The FCCG can connect you with resources regarding your significant other’s gambling problem and even legal assistance. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, the FCCG is committed to helping those that are struggling with gambling and assisting significant others in reaching help, including those who are victims of domestic abuse. Contact Florida’s 24/7, Confidential, and Multilingual Problem Gambling HelpLine at 1-888-ADMIT-IT (236-4848), by starting a live chat at www.gamblinghelp.org, or by texting to 321-978-0555. You can also email us at fccg@gamblinghelp.org or reach out to the Council on Facebook and Twitter.

Download the full Web Letter: https://gamblinghelp.org/assets/Weblett ... l-2020.pdf

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