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Domestic Violence Is Costing Economies Billions. Here’s Why

  • Victims’ experiences significantly curb their ability to work
  • Gender-based violence costs EU economy 366 billion euros/year
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Domestic violence is a scourge that’s causing substantial damage to economies alongside the harrowing consequences it has on its victims.

The knock-on effects of abuse are playing out in the workplace as those who endure harm struggle to focus on their careers. Many see their productivity ebb as they grapple with their predicaments. Some are forced to miss work altogether, or are even attacked there too.