Estimating the costs of gender-based violence in the European Union

Estimating the costs of gender-based violence in the European UnionWritten by Professor Sylvia Walby and Dr Philippa Olive for the European Institute of Gender Equality (EIGE), this report provides an analysis of methodological options for estimating the costs of gender-based and intimate partner violence. From a review of literatures and previous studies it provides recommendations on methodological options available. This report includes a case study on the cost of gender-based and intimate partner violence in the UK during 2012 and produces a calculation of the costs in the EU. The report concludes that gender-based and in­timate partner violence place large costs on economy and society and that it is likely that an increase in the currently small amount spent on prevention and mitigation of harms, by increasing spending on specialised services, would lead to a decrease in the extent and impact of the violence.

The full report is available here

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