published Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Study says violence against women costly to Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A recent study shows violence against women in Tennessee costs the state more than $880 million annually.

The study was done by the Tennessee Economic Council on Women and presented at a recent women's summit in Nashville.

It identified costs incurred by public and private entities statewide as a result of domestic violence, human sex trafficking and sexual assault.

The majority of the expense was manifest in tax dollars and health care payments, but the study said other expenditures like charity, lost wages, workplace expenses and inefficiency also played significant roles.

Additionally, the study found that domestic and sexual violence against women likely influenced the needs of children who received a majority of the state Department of Children's Services' 2012 operational spending.

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