A high price to pay: The economic case for preventing violence against women

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A high price to pay: The economic case for preventing violence against women

PwC have partnered with Our Watch and the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) to develop a report on the costs and benefits of preventing violence against women. Our Watch and VicHealth are organisations at the forefront of preventing violence against women.

The report reveals that the cost of violence against women is high and increasing in Australia. It is estimated that violence against women costs $21.7 billion a year, with women that have experienced family and domestic violence bearing the primary burden of this cost. Governments (national and State and Territory) bear the second biggest cost burden, estimated at $7.8 billion a year, comprising health, administration and social welfare costs.

Evidence from other countries shows that there are significant benefits from investing in preventing violence before it occurs. The researchers estimate that if similar reductions in violence were achieved, the benefits would range from $37.8 billion to $74.7 billion over a lifetime.

Read the Report