DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IMPACTS OUR ECONOMY

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Domestic violence is impacting our economy

Do you realize how domestic violence impacts our economy? How it hits your wallet, as it hits victims in the face, chest or emotions?

The general public is mostly unaware how domestic violence impacts our economy. It costs us enormous amounts each year. A great chunk could be taken out of our deficit by doing more to deter (if not END) domestic violence. The statistics are staggering, as provided by NACDV. Giving them all the credit, I share a bit here with you:

The cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $5.8 Billion each year. That is billion—with a “B.” $4.1 billion of that amount is direct medical and mental health services. I would point out the increase in insurance premiums. The level of claims resulting from such injuries is certainly affecting premiums being charged. Yes, domestic violence impacts our economy!

Victims of intimate partner violence lost almost 8 million days of paid work because of the violence perpetrated against them by current or former husbands, boyfriends and dates. This loss is the equivalent of more than 32,000 jobs and almost 5.6 millions days of household productivity as a result of violence.

There are 16,800 homicides and $2.4 million (medically treated) injuries due to intimate partner violence annually, which costs $37 billion (again, billion with a “B.”). Another source of information, emedicine, reports an annual cost of $1.2 billion (with a “B!”) for lives lost to domestic violence. My guess is there are expenses of law enforcement, investigations, post-mortem work, possible trials, and costs of incarceration of the perpetrator, if it is not a murder/suicide. In that case, if minor children are involved, they will probably be put “through the system” in order to find a guardian, or maybe into a foster home financed through tax dollars. Are you beginning to understand how domestic violence impacts our economy yet?

Please bear in mind every time the government votes to cut funding for agencies, coalitions, crisis centers, etc., these numbers are going up. Without available assistance, victims will be forced to stay in abuse and danger. More medical bills will be incurred, more work days will be lost, health (and probably life) insurance premiums will continue to rise, not to mention the lives that will be lost as a result of funding cuts.

Think of the positive effect it would have on our economy if we worked together to get this information out to the public, and insist that our legislators become educated and informed on these numbers. You may think just because nobody in your household or family has been a victim of abuse, that you are not affected by domestic violence. Wrong! Your insurance premiums and taxes are raised each time these numbers increase. It is about each of us, and all of us.

Are you now convinced that domestic violence impacts our economy?

Will you make a difference? Forward this article to your State or Federal congressmen and senators. Let’s help educate them so they know what we are really up against, and see if/how they are willing to help.

Carolyn works passionately as an advocate reaching out for victim support and recovery, helping domestic violence victims and survivors find a place of empowerment, hope and healing. She experienced molestation as a child and endured many years of verbal and emotional abuse before it culminated in physical violence. She seeks to help others avoid the same experiences.

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