The Economic Cost of Violence Against Women and Girls

A Study of Seychelles

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The Economic Cost of Violence Against Women and Girls

Publication date: 8 July 2019
ISBN: 978-1-84929-187-3
Pages: 128

Estimating the full cost of violence against women and girls (VAWG) will enable governments to understand the cost of prevention and management, and provide a basis for selecting appropriate interventions and policies. However, studies to date have mostly focused on the direct costs of violence, with few attempting to measure the indirect costs. At the same time, none of these methodologies captures the full economic impact of VAWG due to the lack of data and inability to integrate sectoral linkages.

This book provides a comprehensive framework to assess the economic cost of VAWG. It applies an economy-wide modelling approach that enables governments to capture important linkages and secondary effects to assess the full impact of VAWG. The data gathered for this framework will be useful for countries when reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular, SDG5 and SDG16. Moreover, the data gathering process also provides an opportunity to assess the strength of the national statistical system, which is crucial to measuring progress across all of the SDGs in a manner that is both inclusive and fair.

Seychelles is the first Commonwealth country where the framework has been applied using real country-level data and information. This publication presents the process and outcomes of applying the newly developed framework and methodology to Seychelles.

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List of Tables
List of Boxes
Abbreviations and Acronyms

1. Introduction and Background

2. Approaches to Estimating the Economic Cost of VAW: Literature Review
2.1 Methodology and data
2.2 Estimated economic cost of VAW
2.3 Estimated benefits of investment in preventing VAW

3. Key Facts on Violence Against Women in Seychelles
3.1 National baseline study
3.2 Administrative data
3.3 Expert group consultation
3.4 Focus group discussion with survivors

4. Economic Cost of VAWG Methodology
4.1 Structure of the model framework
4.2 Software
4.3 Economy-wide/indirect cost
4.4 Country implementation strategy
4.5 Overcoming data gaps

5. Approaches to Estimate Direct Cost (‘Typical’ Case)
5.1 Health services
5.2 Law enforcement and judiciary
5.3 Social services
5.4 Specialised services
5.5 Learning lost
5.6 Personal cost
5.7 Income loss

6. Approaches to Estimate Direct Cost (‘Full Coverage’ Case)
6.1 Law enforcement and the judiciary
6.2 Social services
6.3 Personal cost
6.4 Income loss

7. Approaches to Estimate Economy-wide/Indirect Cost (Both Cases)

8. Estimated Cost of VAWG in Seychelles
8.1 Seychelles summary findings
8.2 Typical case (micro level)
8.3 Full coverage case (macro level)

9. Conclusions
9.1 Health and education services need special attention
9.2 Employment and role of the private sector
9.3 Estimated long-term costs
9.4 Prototype costing model
9.5 Recommended actions

Annex 1: Direct Cost Estimation Approach
Annex 2: Economy-wide Cost Estimation Approach