Methodological Guidance: Estimating Economic and Social Costs of Violence against Women and Girls
It is well established that violence against women and girls (VAWG) is a human rights violation and public health issue. Worldwide, one in three women report experiencing some form of physical and/or sexual violence, predominantly perpetrated by a partner or ex-partner, over their lifetime (WHO 2013). More recently, there is a growing recognition of the wider economic and social costs of VAWG for individuals, the community, businesses, society and the economy.
This methodological guidance has been developed to support VAWG costing studies and draws from the lessons learned through the What Works to Prevent Violence: Economic and Social Costs of VAWG project (2014-2019) conducted in Ghana, South Sudan and Pakistan, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).