This edition of the e-Newsletter is focused on providing you with a selection of resources outlining the various approaches to assessing the total cost of sexual violence in our society. There are links to national as well as state-by-state resources below, and we hope that you will read how researchers and advocates have framed this issue and used the information to advocate for survivors and services in their communities.
- Costs of Sexual Violence by Evelyn Larsen, Resource Sharing Project
- Costs of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in the United States: Executive Summary, CDC
- Hidden Costs in Healthcare: the Impacts of Violence and Abuse, Academy on Violence and Abuse
- Healthcare Costs of Domestic and Sexual Violence, Family Violence Prevention Fund
- Victim Cost and Consequences: A New Look, National Institute of Justice Research Report
- The Calculation of Damages in Sexual Abuse Cases by Matthew Foss
The Rape Tax: Tangible and Intangible Costs of Sexual Violence, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Vol. 17, No 7, 773-782 (2002) DOI: 10.1177/0886260502017007005 2002 Sage Publications. The authors estimate that the tangible and intangible cost of rape in Michigan in 1996 as more than $6.5 Billion. If it was equally divided between the citizens of Michigan each would have paid $700 to cover the costs of rape within their state in that year; a "rape tax".
Cost of Sexual Violence in Minnesota This report states that the cost of sexual violence was almost $8 Billion in 2005 and that excludes some victims such as those incarcerated whose experiences of victimization contributed to their criminal activity and a number of intangible costs such as the price of increased fear and mistrust in communities as well as security systems and alarms.
Sexual Violence Basics: How Much Does Sexual Violence Cost? A quick, easy to read reference sheet put out by the Minnesota Department of Health
Economic Costs of Sexual Assault Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault. This article details sexual violence statistics, costs of the violence and the impact on the victim.
A Considerable Sacrifice: The Cost of Sexual Violence in the U.S. Armed Forces: This article details the frequency of sexual violence in the Armed Forces, the challenge of serving victims and the cost of this victimization.
Connections: A bi-annual publication of the Washington Coalition of sexual Assault programs. This issue addresses the high cost of sexual violence.
National Crime Victim Rights Week, April 10-16, 2005: Report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention calculated the cost of rape and other violent crimes.
Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence This website has a number of articles addressing the cost of violence in the workplace.
The Effects and Costs of Intimate Partner Violence for Work Organizations: Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Vol. 22, No. 3, 327-344 (2007) DOI: 10.1177/0886260506295382, 2007 Sage Publications This research examines productivity-related effects and other costs associated with intimate partner violence.