Attributing Selected Costs to Intimate Partner Violence in a Sample of Women Who Have Left Abusive Partners: A Social Determinants of Health Approach
Colleen Varcoe, Olena Hankivsky, Marilyn Ford-Gilboe, Judith Wuest, Piotr Wilk, Joanne Hammerton, Jacquelyn Campbell
CANADIAN PUBLIC POLICY-ANALYSE DE POLITIQUES | CANADIAN PUBLIC POLICY | Published : 2011
Selected costs associated with intimate partner violence were estimated for a community sample of 309 Canadian women who left abusive male partners on average 20 months previously. Total annual estimated costs of selected public- and private-sector expenditures attributable to violence were $13,162.39 per woman. This translates to a national annual cost of $6.9 billion for women aged 19–65 who have left abusive partners; $3.1 billion for those experiencing violence within the past three years. Results indicate that costs continue long after leaving, and call for recognition in policy that leaving does not coincide with ending violence.