The Cost of Domestic Abuse

Eyewitness Theatre Company is the performing arm of i-Witness Publications and performs regularly across the globe with mainstream productions – HOME TO ROOST, LYSISTRATA and OUR DAILY BREAD are fine examples – but also with training and awareness modules to Health and Social Care professionals

Last week Eyewitness was invited to Harrow Arts Centre to perform A JOURNEY THROUGH LIFE at the Annual Conference on Domestic Abuse. This was a multi-agency event and as well as Eyewitness, national and local keynote speakers provided thought-provoking workshops which covered a multitude of issues related to domestic violence within the whole family – from pre-birth to young children; from young people to vulnerable adults and elders. Discussions and workshops, around the impact and ramifications of domestic violence, were stimulating and lots of good practice was shared.



Domestic Violence Conference


In the UK Domestic Violence is still a serious issue and:

  • Will affect 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men in their lifetime
  • Leads to, on average, two women being murdered each week and 30 men per year
  • Accounts for 16% of all violent crime (Source: Crime in England and Wales 04/05 report), and yet it is still the violent crime least likely to be reported to the police
  • Has more repeat victims than any other crime (on average there will have been 35 assaults before a victim calls the police)
  • Is the single most quoted reason for becoming homeless (Shelter, 2002)
  • In 2010 the Forced Marriage Unit responded to 1735 reports of possible Forced Marriages.

In addition, approximately 400 people commit suicide each year who have attended hospital for domestic abuse injuries in the previous six months. Two hundred of these attend hospital on the day they go on to commit suicide.



One in four women suffer domestic abuse.


The cost of domestic abuse

It has been estimated that domestic abuse costs the public £23 billion per annum.  This includes the cost to the criminal justice system, to the health service, to social care and to housing.  It is widely accepted however that this figure is an under-estimate as there are so many costs that cannot be measured.

The Home Office estimates that each domestic abuse murder costs the country just over £1 million and totals £112 million per annum.

The event was organised by Harrow Local Safeguarding Children’s Board.

Training and awareness modules for Health and Social Care professionals is the sort of stuff Eyewitness do so successfully and their award-winning script-writing is of the highest quality.

We at i-Witness would be happy to hear from authors who have scripts on all aspect of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.

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