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Study: Cost of domestic violence in NC tops $300M

Posted October 23, 2014

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— From health care for victims to incarceration of suspects, the cost of domestic violence in North Carolina hits $307 million a year, according to a study released Thursday.

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, is the first of its kind in the state to quantify the costs of domestic violence.

Commissioned by the Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage, a nonprofit that created the eNOugh Campaign to end domestic violence, the study examines seven factors to arrive at the total cost:

  • Loss of life from homicide - $42.8 million
  • Loss of work productivity - $8.9 million
  • Physical health care - $123.9 million
  • Mental health care - $57.1 million
  • Lost property - $7.1 million
  • Police costs - $4.4 million
  • Court costs - $38.7 million
  • Incarceration - $24.9 million

The study does not account for the costs of sheltering victims of domestic violence.

“We want the public to know how important it is to take steps to change the culture of abuse, Jill Dinwiddie, board member of the Jamie Kimble Foundation and co-creator of the eNOugh Campaign, said in a statement. “Addressing this problem on the front end is essential, and the only way to convince public and private funders of this is to make public what is currently being spent.”

One in four women in the United States is a victim of domestic violence, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Charlotte, the state’s largest city, police received more than 36,000 domestic violence calls last year.

“Our study illustrates the range of impacts – both private and public – as well as the prevalence of domestic violence in North Carolina,” said UNC-Charlotte economics professor Stephen Billings, who co-chaired the study with Jennifer Troyer.

The study was underwritten by Wells Fargo.
 

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  • Wacky_dood Oct 24, 2014

    Sounds like the courts need to fine the abusers more to cover the costs of their actions.

  • L'amour Oct 24, 2014

    "God's word says women should submit themselves to their husbands. Women are subservient and sometimes they must reminded of that says the Bible."

    Boo. Don't cherry pick. The very section that you're discussing starts off saying "Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ." then breaks down each partners responsibility to each other.

    Not to mention that the following verses specifically say "husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies" and goes own to detail how you ought not hate yourself but instead you should take care of yourself.

    I know you're just trolling but at least know the contents before hurling the book.

  • SAY 'WHAT" ONE MORE TIME! Oct 24, 2014

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    Got any hard statistics? I'm all eyes

  • Danny22 Oct 24, 2014

    and the great majority involve alcohol and drugs. This is an unrecognized truth.

  • 68_dodge_polara Oct 24, 2014

    "God's word says women should submit themselves to their husbands. Women are subservient and sometimes they must reminded of that says the Bible."

    What is wrong with you?

  • Itsmyopinion67 Oct 24, 2014

    Amen my brother!

  • Barely Oct 24, 2014

    What about abuse against husbands?

  • Progressiveredneck Oct 24, 2014

    God's word says women should submit themselves to their husbands. Women are subservient and sometimes they must reminded of that says the Bible.

  • 68_dodge_polara Oct 24, 2014

    "and not to say that this hasn't been written to ignore this."

    Facepalm! Double negative. This story was NOT written in a manor to ignore the human tragedy of domestic violence.

  • Lorna Schuler Oct 24, 2014
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    Perhaps because the majority of abuse is suffered by women.
    Yes, there are men that are abused as well. But as another poster said, many don't report it. Even so, abusers tend to be men abusing women far more than the other way around.

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