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NCJ Number: 163640 Find in a Library
Title: Selected Estimates of the Costs of Violence Against Women
Corporate Author: Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children
Project Director: L Greaves
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 47
Sponsoring Agency: Canada Dept of National Health and Welfare
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 1B4, Canada
Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children
London, Ontario N6G 4X8, Canada
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Ottawa, ON K1P 6G4, Canada
Sale Source: Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children
100 Collip Circle
Suite 240
U.W.O. Research Park
London, Ontario N6G 4X8,
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: Data from surveys, official statistics, and other sources were used to estimate the selected economic costs of three forms of violence against women in Canada: sexual assault, domestic assault, and child sexual abuse.
Abstract: The analysis focused on costs in four areas: health and medicine, criminal justice, social services and education, and labor and employment. The results revealed that violence has profound effects not only on the lives of Canadian women but also on governments, institutions, and businesses. However, the available data provide only partial estimates of the economic costs of violence against women. These partial estimates indicate that the total selected costs of $4.2 billion include approximately $2.369 billion related to social services and education, $872 million related to criminal justice, $577 million related to labor and employment, and $408 million related to health and medicine. A total of 87.5 percent of the costs are government costs, 11.5 percent are individual costs, and 0.9 percent are third-party costs. These costs do not include the human and social costs related to emotional suffering, deterioration of the quality of life, and loss of life. Further research is needed to support comprehensive, effective policy and program developments to respond to violence against women in Canada. Figure, tables, footnotes, and 48 references
Main Term(s): Victims of violent crime
Index Term(s): Canada; Crime costs; Crime in foreign countries; Domestic assault; Female victims
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