Walby, Sylvia and Olive, Philippa (2014) Estimating the costs of gender-based violence in the European Union. Project Report. European Institute for Gender Equality, Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.
Official URL: http://eige.europa.eu/rdc/eige-publications/estima...
Gender-based violence is perceived as one of the most severe forms of gender inequality and it remains one of the most pervasive human rights violations of modern time. It is an issue that affects women disproportionally as it is directly connected with the unequal distribution of power between women and men; thus, it has a profound effect on families, communities and societies as a whole. The elimination of gender-based violence and the protection of victims/survivors is a stated goal of the European Union and one of the future key areas of work for the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE). Identifying the economic costs of gender-based violence will contribute to better informed decision-making in this area and support the comprehensive process of policy development.
This report aims to analyse and assess the methodological options in the existing literature and studies on the costs to society of intimate partner violence. The European Commission and the Member States are taking steps to develop policies to combat all forms of gender-based violence. An accurate understanding of the costs of gender-based violence can guide EU Member States on which approaches to take while developing policies.
It must be remembered that gender-based violence knows no geographical boundaries, no ethnic differences, class distinction or age limits and that such costs are borne by individuals and by the whole of society. The report looks at costs of lost economic output, health, legal services, social welfare, specialised services, and the physical and emotional impact on victims. Additionally, the report presents a case study on the cost of gender-based and intimate partner violence in the United Kingdom (2012) which later comes to serve as the basis for extrapolation of the costs of gender-based and intimate partner violence for each Member State.
The findings of the study clearly show that the impact of gender-based violence on economies and society is significant; a holistic approach involving all stakeholders focused on the elimination of gender-based violence is fundamental to addressing the root causes. This report will support policymakers and relevant institutions in their efforts.
The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE)
|Section title||Section author||Page|
|Lost Economic Output||UNSPECIFIED||29|
|Physical and Emotional Impact||UNSPECIFIED||93|
|Summary of Methodological Options||UNSPECIFIED||103|
|Case Study Annex||UNSPECIFIED||123|
|Item Type:||Monograph (Project Report)|
|Schools:||Faculty of Health and Wellbeing > School of Health Sciences|
|Deposited By:||Philippa Olive|
|Deposited On:||20 Jan 2016 10:58|
|Last Modified:||17 May 2016 12:58|
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