WMC Women Under Siege

The Index: The Cost of Violence Against Women

Cost of sexualized and domestic violence in the U.S. estimated per year in 2003, in billions: 5.8

Overall cost of health care in this estimate, in billions: 4.1

Cost of rape in this estimate, in millions: 319

Cost of physical assault in this estimate, in billions: 4.2

Total economic burden of intimate partner violence in Ecuador in 2003-2004, in millions: 109

Amount Australian businesses lose per year because of the effects of intimate partner violence, in millions: 465

Costs estimated for health, judicial, social, educational, employment, and psychological components of violence against women in Spain in 2002, in billions: 2.9

Amount lost in earnings and productivity per year in the U.S. from sexualized and domestic violence, in billions: 1.75

Percent of Vietnam's GDP represented by out-of-pocket expenditures and lost earnings in 2010: 1.41

In England and Wales, the total costs from violence—including homicide, wounding, and sexual assault—per year, in billions of U.S. dollars: 40.2

Percent of the UK’s GDP represented by total costs linked to domestic violence, including reduced well-being: 10

Estimated cost by one study of “personal crime” in the U.S., in billions: 105

That plus the estimated cost of pain and suffering, in billions: 450

Total value of paid work lost due to rape in the U.S., in millions: 38.6

The number of dollars mental health care costs per incident of intimate-partner rape in the U.S.: 323

The mean cost per intimate-partner rape in the U.S. among victims who actually receive treatment: 978

Percent less of income earned by abused women in Vietnam in 2010 than that earned by women who were not abused: 35

Estimated cost to the U.S. Armed Forces of sexual harassment within the organization during 1988, in millions (at the time of writing in 1994): 250

Estimated net benefit of the 1994 U.S. Violence Against Women Act, in billions of U.S. dollars: 16.4

*All costs are estimated in U.S. dollars


For our "Index on Rape in War," please click here.

For our "Index on Sexualized Violence at Home," please click here.

For our "Index on Justice for Rape in War," please click here.

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Lauren Wolfe
Journalist, former director, WMC Women Under Siege
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