Commonwealth urges world to count cost of domestic abuse

Baroness Scotland has long been an active campaigner against domestic abuse in all its forms. She is often quoted as saying, “If we don’t have peace in our homes, we are very unlikely to have peace in our world”. As the new (and first female) Secretary General of the Commonwealth of Nations (formerly the British Commonwealth), she has highlighted that only two-thirds of countries around the world have outlawed domestic violence. Among Commonwealth countries, 47 have legislation, but 33 do not explicitly criminalise marital rape and only nine offer broad protections for LGBT people.
Original story from Reuters News (Extract below)

The Commonwealth announced on Monday — International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women — that it was teaming up with the NO MORE Foundation, a global movement of 1,400 organizations working to stop domestic and sexual abuse.

Some 1.1 billion women and girls live in the Commonwealth, a loose alliance of mostly former British colonies.

Domestic abuse was recently estimated to cost England and Wales about £66 billion a year, a fifth arising from lost output due to missed work and reduced productivity.

The Commonwealth has developed a tool to help governments measure the cost of violence against women and girls.

Monday’s new initiative will help members record data, train community leaders and raise public awareness.

It includes supporting LGBT+ victims.