The toll that domestic violence, sex crimes and sex trafficking takes on Tennessee’s women is measured in bruises and broken bones, rape kits and funerals. Now it can be measured in dollars.
A new study by the Tennessee Economic Council on Women says the cost of violence against Tennessee’s women in 2012 was at least $886,171,950. That includes the cost of investigating and charging perpetrators. It includes the cost of jail and medical and mental health treatment for victims. It also includes work hours women lose when they can no longer hold down a steady job.
The study’s authors say that price tag probably is an underestimate, with the real cost exceeding $1 billion a year — much of it borne by taxpayers. It doesn’t include the cost of making sure children exposed to violence are safe, which the study found to be incalculable.
Learn more at the WBIR article: Study: Violence against Tenn. women cost $886 million last year.