When we hear about the personal and societal costs of domestic violence, it is difficult to comprehend the magnitude of the issue. Domestic violence is a pervasive problem that affects all segments of our society. The direct and indirect costs of domestic violence are staggering.
From a public health perspective, domestic violence is a serious problem that has far-reaching consequences. Victims of domestic violence often suffer physical and mental health problems. They may also experience problems at work or school, and in their personal relationships. Domestic violence can also lead to homelessness and suicide.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that domestic violence costs our nation billions of dollars annually. This includes costs for medical and mental health care, lost productivity, and homicide lost earnings. According to the CDC, domestic violence results in more than $8 billion in annual losses for employers. Domestic violence is often underreported, so the actual figures and costs are potentially even greater than these projections.
Domestic violence also takes a significant toll on the overall health of victims. In addition to the physical and emotional trauma that victims suffer, there are also long-term health consequences. Domestic violence can increase the risk of chronic diseases, injuries, and death.
It is clear that domestic violence has a devastating impact on individuals, families, and communities. The personal and societal costs are immense. We must do more to address this serious problem.
If you, or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, please seek help in a safe manner.
National Domestic Violence Hotline: resources for all IPV victims; 24-hour hotline at 1-800-799-7233, 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)