One of the consequences of domestic violence is its impact on the health of its victims. Our goal was to gain and publicise strong arguments for combating domestic violence and advocate more consistent prevention, an issue that cannot be further overlooked.
We conducted representative research across the Czech Republic, in which 3,058 women respondents took part. We calculated the costs of domestic violence expended from public budgets in the year 2014 at CZK 1.85 billion for treatment and therapy of victims and costs of treatment of chronic diseases amounting to CZK 1.088 billion. To present the outcomes of the research and to open the debate on domestic violence’s impact on the economy and health, we organised an international conference for the wider professional public and held several lobbying meetings. The main output of the project is the study entitled The Economic Impact of Domestic Violence in Health, which introduces those interested in the issue to all of the research, including methodology. This study also provides recommendations that can help to better identify domestic violence among female and male patients and improve the standard of care for victims.
We will use the research findings not only in day-to-day work with our clients but also in our efforts to advocate measures necessary to provide more efficient assistance to the victims of domestic violence.