Commonwealth urges world to count cost of domestic abuse
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.