The Cost of Domestic Violence

“So you mean if I have 1,000 employees I have a $1,000,000 problem?”

Butler Business Solutions (Edmonton)

  • A British Columbia study on family violence and the workplace estimated the annual cost in that province alone to be $1,000,000,000 (billion) per year.
    BC Ministry of Women’s Health

  • Direct tangible costs to the British economy 4.4 billion British pounds

    • 1 billion for criminal justice
    • 176 million for mental illness
    • 250 million in social services
    • 160 million for housing
    • Each of the more than 100 domestic homicides in Britain costs taxpayers 1.1 million pounds

    Sylvia Walby UNESCO 2004

  • The costs of homicide, rape, physical assault and stalking alone cost the US economy $5.8 billion per year.
    US Center for Disease Control

  • Medical treatment alone for victims reporting DV $1.8 billion.
    US Journal of Family Practice

  • 7.9 million paid workdays lost per year through DV.
    US National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

  • Staff absenteeism and replacement costs alone $30 million. Total direct and indirect costs to business sector in Australia $1 billion.
    Parliamentary Library of Australia