If you’re experiencing domestic violence, use this information to make a plan that works for you.
There’s a cost to turning a blind eye
Unless action is taken to prevent violence, the cost to the Australian economy is estimated to increase to $15.6 billion per year by 2021 – Victoria will pay $3.9 billion of that.
In 2009, the total cost of domestic violence to the Australian economy was estimated at $13.6 billion (KPMG update of Access Economics 2004 study).
As well as the costs associated with premature mortality, impaired care and homelessness, domestic violence can lead to absenteeism and a loss of productivity in the workplace. An Access Economics report put the annual cost in lost productivity in 2002-03 at $500 million.
Two-thirds of Australian women who report violence by a current partner are in paid employment. Many find that their working day is disrupted by feeling tired, dealing with physical injuries or handling threatening phone calls from abusive partners.
Emerge is developing a life skills program for women helps to increase self-esteem and confidence. Emerge also assists women to engage in further educational and vocational training to enhance their employment prospects.
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