Monetary values of the private psychological costs of VAWG: What monetary values have been placed on the private psychological costs of violence against women and girls, such as fear, depression, disempowerment and low self-esteem?
Key findings: Violence against women and girls is not only an important human rights and development issue, but there is increasing evidence that the economic and social costs are considerable. Several studies have calculated the direct costs to the medical, judicial and penal systems, as well as the economic losses incurred by victims.
However, few studies have attempted to quantify the private psychological costs of violence, although these are considered to be signi?cantly greater than other costs. Violence has been linked to a variety of different health-related quality of life and psychological outcomes, both immediate and long-term. Most cost studies do not calculate these intangible costs because of their subjective nature and the difficulty involved in estimating their value in monetary terms.
The most common methods used to estimate the private psychological costs of violence include:
This report highlights a number of studies which have looked at the private psychological costs. However, large variations in the methodologies used to cost interpersonal violence means that it is currently not possible to meaningfully compare directly across studies or calculate the global private psychological costs of VAWG.
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