The Financial Cost of Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault

At Safe Alliance, we are often asked:  What is the financial cost associated with the crime of domestic violence to our society?  Domestic violence and sexual assault are pervasive and life-threatening crimes affecting millions of individuals across our nation regardless of age, economic status, race, religion or education. 

Domestic violence and sexual assault not only severely impact victims but entire communities and are linked to many social ills. Here are some of the realities associated with domestic violence and sexual assault compiled by the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). 

In addition to the devastating physical and emotional damage domestic violence has on victims and their families, domestic violence creates huge financial costs: 

  • The cost of intimate partner violence annually exceeds $5.8 billion, including $4.1 billion in direct health care expenses.
  • Between one-quarter and one-half of domestic violence victims report that they lost a job, at least in part, due to domestic violence.
  • Women who experienced domestic violence were more likely to experience spells of unemployment, have health problems, and be welfare recipients.
  • Domestic violence has been estimated to cost employers in the U.S. up to $13 billion each year.
  • In the U.S., rape is the most costly crime to its victims, totaling $127 billion a year including medical costs, lost earnings, pain, suffering and lost quality of life
  • New research shows that intimate partner violence costs a health plan $19.3 million each year for every 100,000 women between the age of 18 and 64 enrolled.
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