Bexley Women's Aid P.O. Box 25 Bexleyheath Kent DA7 4BS 0208 301 1536

Cost to Society

In November 2009, Sylvia Walby of the University of Leeds estimated the total costs of domestic abuse to be £15.7 billion a year. This is broken down as follows:The costs to services (Criminal Justice System, health, social services, housing, civil legal) amount to £3.8 billion per year.
  • The loss to the economy (where women take time off work due to injuries) is £1.9 billion per year.
  • Domestic abuse also leads to pain and suffering that is not counted in the cost of services. The human and emotional costs of domestic abuse amount to almost £10 billion per year.

What is clear is that domestic abuse takes many forms. It can be physical, mental, emotional, financial or sexual. Domestic abuse does not discriminate, it occurs in all walks of life regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, income, social status or geography.

Those affected often feel alone and isolated and live in fear for their safety and often their lives. Abusers choose to behave violently to get what they want and gain control. Their behaviour often originates from a sense of entitlement which is often supported by sexist, racist, homophobic and other discriminatory attitudes.

Domestic abuse is tragic, not only to the one being abused, but to the children who witness it. Many suffer lifelong psychological effects.


If you are suffering or know someone who is experiencing domestic abuse, call us on our
Helpline on 0208 301 1536
(Monday to Friday 9.30am – 3pm)
for support and information.