On November 22, 2013 for FINNBAY—
“The Council of Europe, a human rights organisation in Strasbourg, reckons harassment and violence against women costs Europe an estimated 20 to 60 euros per person per year, or up to 33 billion euros, the non-profit group Intervista Onlus announced on Thursday.
Onlus Intervista crunched data like the Council of Europe’s for a study called “How much does silence cost?” before the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25.
Onlus Intervista estimates that violence against women in Italy saps 16.7 billion euros annually, with 1.8 billion euros in direct costs, 600 million euros in economic multipliers, and non-monetary social damages of roughly 14.3 billion euros.
Taking the Council of Europe’s estimate for Europe, however, Italy’s direct costs – on the basis of its population of 60 million people – come in at roughly 2.4 billion euros, with 460 million spent on healthcare, 158 million on psychological counseling, 44 million on pharmaceuticals, 235 million on public order, 421 million in court costs, 289 million in legal costs, 154 million in welfare spending and eight million for anti-violence centres. An additional 600 million euros go missing in work productivity – the equivalent of 1.1 million work days – the study found.”
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