Economic Impact of Domestic Violence

Estimated Cost of Domestic Violence in Marin:
$21,889,600 to $88,500,000

According to a cost-benefit analysis of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, a nonfatal domestic violence assault costs $27,362 per U.S. female victim.  

This includes emergency response, court and probation, medical expenses, property damage or loss, and the cost incurred from lost work productivity. It does not include the costs of services for children or secondary victims.

In 2009, the Marin County District Attorney received 809 domestic violence reports from police in Marin. This translates to costs in Marin of nearly $22 million.  

This is a conservative estimate since actual costs are unquestionably higher, because only 1 in 4 cases of domestic violence is officially reported.  According to the National Violence Against Women Survey (1995/96), only 25% of all physical assaults are reported, and 75% are not.  

If we apply the 25% reporting rate, this would mean there were approximately 3,236 incidents of domestic violence in Marin County in 2009.  Using this approximated actual number of domestic violence incidents in Marin, the costs could be as high as $88.5 million.

National Cost:

• Victims of domestic violence lose a total of 8 million days of paid work each year.
• The cost of domestic violence exceeds $8.3 billion annually.
• Between 21-60% of victims of domestic violence lose their jobs due to reasons stemming from the abuse.
• Between 2003 and 2008, 142 women were murdered in their workplace by former or current intimate partners. This amounts to 22% of workplace homicides among women.