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Counting the cost of domestic abuse

RCN Nurse of the Year Amanda Burston on domestic violence's human and financial costs
Domestic abuse

Recovery is the theme for ARCH Domestic Abuse Services' 2015 annual conference to be held in Staffordshire in November.

Similar events will be hosted across the UK that month, as everyone involved in combating - or picking up the pieces from - domestic abuse comes together to increase engagement, further knowledge and awareness, and hold open discussions on the national, and international, spreading epidemic of domestic abuse.

One topic is likely to be the cost of domestic abuse - not just personal but financial too. 'Islands in the Stream,' an independent report published in 2011, highlighted the cost to society from the effects of domestic abuse, an estimated £26 million every day, 365 days a year. The cost of every homicide review is around the £1million mark.

In England alone the estimated total cost of domestic violence is some £5.5 billion a year.

This includes:

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