This report estimates the social and economic cost for victims of domestic abuse in year ending March 2017 in England and Wales to be approximately £66 billion.
The analysis follows the same approach as in other Home Office ‘cost of crime’ estimates to calculate:
- The cost in anticipation (covering preventative work),
- As a consequence (including physical and emotional harm, heath services, lost output and victim services) and
- In response to domestic abuse (police and other justice costs).
The largest element of domestic abuse cost is the physical and emotional harm suffered by the victims themselves (£47 billion). The next highest cost is for lost output relating to time taken off work and reduced productivity afterwards (£14 billion).
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