10 Nov 2014

Family violence costs billions - report

11:58 am on 10 November 2014

A new report says child abuse and violence between partners is estimated to be costing New Zealand up to $7 billion a year.

The report, released by the Glenn Inquiry today, looks at the health costs of treating victims, the cost to social services associated with abuse and a loss of productivity in the workplace.

Project director Suzanne Snively said if nothing is done to address the problem, the financial and economic burden could grow to nearly $80 billion in a decade.

Ms Snively said the numbers were shocking and a huge challenge to the country's economy.

She said the problem needed to be addressed in the same way as anti-smoking and road toll campaigns.

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