A report released last month has put the cost of domestic violence in New Zealand at $8 billion per year.
There appears to be a new type of inflation impacting our economy – Election Inflation.
This ‘$8 Billion dollars is a big increase on previous estimates. The difference between the $8 billion and the 368 million estimated in the PSA report as a cost to New Zealand business may be government funding of the industry – I haven’t seen the calculations to confirm the basis of their costing.
A 155-page report called ‘The Way Forward’ denounces the current industry as being in “Overwhelming Disarray” and proposes a new Integrated System for Intimate Partner Violence and Child Abuse and Neglect in New Zealand.
I don’t have any background information on authors Herbert and Mackenzie. You may be familiar with these names – if so please comment.
Neither have I seen the report, so if you happen to find it online somewhere please put up a link.
Update: Oh, I see now – It’s Ruth Herbert up to her old tricks again.
The former director of Sir Owen Glenn’s family violence inquiry has produced her own solution without waiting for the inquiry to finish its work.
Ruth Herbert, whose resignation last year almost destroyed Sir Owen’s $2 million inquiry, has written her own 155-page report advocating an integrated “one door, right door” system to replace an approach she sees as “broken, fragmented and inconsistent”.
She and her co-author, former Auckland regional family violence network co-ordinator Deborah Mackenzie, say their integrated system would add $22 million to the $70 million the state already spends on 774 separate family violence services.
Now doing the maths on this $8 billion.
The Ministry of Social Development’s Are you OK website says:
‘The economic cost of family violence was estimated at $1.2 to $5.8 billion per year by Economist Suzanne Snively in 1994.
In today’s figures that would rise to $8 billion p.a.’ indicating that the government accepts $8 billion as the annual economic cost of family violence in New Zealand.
No, this is not a satire piece – I assure you, I copied that straight from the report.
Estimated economic cost of IPV (Intimate Partner Violence) and CAN (Child Abuse and Neglect) for 2014 in New Zealand
Snively’s 1-in-7 income foregone scenario for 1993/94
Increased by 23.7 percent – population increase over the past 20 years 272 $996,822,000
Sub total $5,202,822,000
Increased by 77.8% – the implicit GDP deflator over the past 20 years $4,047,795,516
Sub total $9,250,617,516
Decreased by 10 percent to remove the cost of IFV 273 $925,061,752
Total projected cost in 2014 $8,325,555,764
Take a breath, the reduction is not for IVF it’s IFV (Intrafamilial Family Violence) but the precision is amazing, right down to the last dollar.
It is election year. I guess Ruth is getting in some early shopping the Domestic Violence Industry Xmas party.