United States: Researchers Find Violence against Women Has Significant Financial Impact on Victims
Friday, October 06, 2017 9:50 AM

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) has found that in the United States, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, have “profound” negative economic and educational impacts on survivors. Victims of violence generally must pay for their own medical and psychological care, often out of pocket. Many survivors miss days of work or school due to the physical and psychological harms caused by violence. Some women may lose their job or drop out of school, thus accumulating additional economic strain, such as increased debt, lower educational achievement, and “housing instability.”

IWPR recommends further research to gain a “complete picture of the full cost of violence to victims” and to ensure that victims receive adequate aid and support.

Compiled from: McLean, Gladys and Gonzalez Bocinski, Sarah, The Economic Cost of Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Assault, & Stalking, Institute for Women’s Policy Research (August 14, 2017).