Domestic Violence Cost Calculator - Texas Health Resources
PLEASE PRINT AND READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE USING THE COST CALCULATOR
Intimate partner violence is a silent epidemic in the United States. Every year hundreds of thousands of women are physically or sexually assaulted. Domestic violence knows no class, race or geographic bounds.
The American business community is greatly impacted by this issue, but due to a lack of understanding and the stigma often associated with the abuse, companies are unaware of the true cost.
The Domestic Violence Cost Calculator was created by Texas Health Resources to assist companies in understanding the annual health benefit and productivity costs of intimate partner violence.
Developed using scientific and professional literature, the Domestic Violence Cost Calculator estimates the number of physical and sexual assaults expected to occur in your female employees and calculates the medical costs and absenteeism costs attributable to those assaults.
How to Use
To use the calculator, a company must have three figures:
1. The total number of employees
2. The percentage of employees that are female
3. The company's average hourly wage
The Domestic Violence Cost Calculator takes these inputs and automatically calculates the health benefit costs, lost productivity costs and total cost.
The Domestic Violence Cost Calculator was developed using information from literature published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Academy of Sciences, Murray Straus and Richard Gelles. Utilizing an victimization rate of 116 per 1,000 female employees, the calculator computes the total number of female that would be expected to be assaulted and the number of times annually these women would be expected to be assaulted.
The calculator uses data from these same sources to compute the estimated costs of medical and mental health care adjusted to 2007 dollars. Productivity costs are calculated by inputting your company's average hourly wage. The calculator uses an average of 8.09 workdays lost per year per victim which is taken by averaging the days lost by physical assault and sexual assault victims.
It is important to understand that the final estimation of costs – health benefit costs and lost productivity costs – are an underestimation of actual costs. There are several reasons for this:
• The figures do not include cases where males are the victim of domestic violence. The incidence and costs associated with male victims are not well documented
• The figures are based on only the most extreme cases – physical and sexual assault. Less extreme abuse – mental, emotional and verbal also result in excess medical care usage and absenteeism, but incidence and cost estimates from the literature are not readily available.
• The calculations do not include costs for non-absentee lost productivity – decreased productivity on the part of the victim (and/or co-workers) who are distracted physically, mentally or emotionally due to the abuse.