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Estimating the Economic Cost of Domestic Violence





Why Cost Domestic Violence?

Designing a comprehensive approach to respond to and end domestic violence
necessitates a thorough understanding of its economic cost. This tool has multiple
effects and is crucial in devising the appropriate policy directives.

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Who Estimated the Economic Cost of Violence Against Women?

Many countries in the world have estimated the economic cost of violence against women. For an illustration on the type of violence costed by each country and its calculated monetary value click on the following map.

Impact of Domestic Violence

The effects of domestic violence are devastating for women, children, the society and the overall economy of a country. Domestic violence has multiple adverse effects on women’s health, impacting their participation in the labor market and causing lost productivity to the entire economy.
 

 

Proposed Steps for Arab State to Cost Domestic Violence

A number of practical steps is required to initiate and complete a national costing exercise for domestic violence. These steps take into consideration the specificity of the Arab region while putting in place actions to ensure adequate data collection and management.

This model involves three overarching phases:

Preparatory Phase
National Consultation Phase 
Implementation Phase

 

Issues to Consider When Costing Domestic Violence

When costing domestic violence, there are four issues to consider to ensure that the exercise is in line with international ethical standards and provides accurate information.

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Ethical Guidelines
Site Selection
Data Availability 
Methodology and Type of Costs

 

Levels of Cost of Domestic Violence

GOVERNMENT

Gender-responsive budgeting
Factors need to be considered in the Arab region

COMMUNITY

Mapping of services available at the community level
Provider survey: volume and cost of services provided

BUSINESS

Costing the impacts of gender-responsive budgeting to business: a practical tool
Quality of data for calculating the costs to business

HOUSEHOLD

Sampling

Sample selection has implication on he accuracy of the costing exercise and the time spent in completing it. The sample size can also increase or reduce the budget spent on this exercise. Selecting the research sample is crucial. 

    

Costing Model for the Arab Region

The information base on domestic violence is fragmented and unreliable in the Arab region. It requires a tailor-made framework to ensure that the results of the costing exercise are meaningful. 

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Data Sources And Options for Cost Calculations

To implement the costing framework, information must be drawn from multiple sources, including the following:

  • Primary data from existing statistical surveys, such as the demographic health survey implementing common module on domestic violence, Multi-Cluster Indicator Surveys, Labour Force Surveys, Living Standards Measurement Surveys (only available in Iraq and Morocco), Time Use Surveys, Iraq Women Integrated Social and Health Survey, census reports, ILO Global Wage Database;
  • Budget information from key ministries;
  • Project documents of international organizations and non-governmental organizations;
  • Relevant documentation, reports and statistics to frame the study, including any dedicated prevalence studies as undertaken in some Arab countries.
Capacity Development: An Ongoing process

Estimating the economic cost of domestic violence is a new approach to the Arab region. Capacity development for all national stakeholders is central to the success of this exercise and will ensure the roll out of its results.

Case Studies
 | Egypt The United Kingdom Viet Nam State of Palestine
Lessons learned from case studies      
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