The Richmond Register

Editorials

February 27, 2010

Domestic violence affects everyone

Domestic violence affects everyone, but women and their children are most affected. Statistics indicate that women account for over 85 percent of all reported cases of domestic violence. Because of this, it is difficult to believe there are individuals who say they are not affected. We beg to differ. The truth of the matter is, if you have a job or health care coverage, then you are affected.

People may not be directly affected or involved, but if you consider all of the socio-economic consequences of domestic violence, how could anyone believe they are not affected? How could anyone say they don’t care about this growing problem? The following sobering statistics from the American Institute on Domestic Violence certainly shed a different perspective on why and how everyone is affected by domestic violence.



National cost of domestic violence

• The health-related costs of rape, physical assault, stalking and homicide by intimate partners exceed $5.8 billion each year. 

• Of this total, nearly $4.1 billion is for victims requiring direct medical and mental health care services.

• Lost productivity and earnings because of intimate partner violence account for almost $1.8 billion each year.

• Intimate partner violence victims lose nearly 8 million days of paid work each year — the equivalent of more than 32,000 full-time jobs and nearly 5.6 million days of household productivity.



Corporate peers

• 68 percent of senior executives surveyed agreed that their company’s financial performance would benefit from addressing the issue of domestic violence among its employees.

• 94 percent of corporate security directors rank domestic violence as a high security risk.

• 78 percent of human resource directors identify domestic violence as a substantial employee problem.

• 56 percent of corporate leaders personally are aware of specific employees who are affected by domestic violence.

• 60 percent of senior executives said domestic violence has a harmful effect on their company’s productivity.

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