A major federal investigation into spousal violence says it cost society at least $7.4 billion for the thousands of incidents that occurred in just one year.
The Justice Canada study examined a broad range of economic impacts,
from policing and health-care to funerals and lost wages, for every
incident of spousal violence in 2009.
Drawing on a Canada-wide police database, researchers found almost
50,000 cases of spousal violence reported to police that year, more than
80 per cent of them involving female victims. The cases included 65
homicides, 49 of them women.
The study also mined an annual Statistics Canada telephone survey,
which estimated some 336,000 Canadians in 2009 were victims of some form
of violence from their spouse. The definition of spouse included
married, common-law, separated, same-sex and divorced partners.