Women victims of violence spent 1.98 billion dirhams in one year (HCP)

Nearly 85% of the direct cost of violence against women (1.98 billion dirhams) is linked to physical violence and 15% (353 million dirhams) to sexual violence, according to the High Commission for Planning (HCP). The 24% of the victims had to suffer 1.98 billion dirhams of losses following violence against women within the couple.

In its note titled “Economic Cost of Violence Against Girls and Women: Household Expenditure and Loss of Income”, based on data provided by the National Violence Against Women and carried out in 2019 by the HCP with the support of UN WOMEN in Morocco, the HCP indicates that violence against women in urban areas generates, for the victims and their families, a cost of 1.73 billion dirhams, against 601 MDH in rural areas.

The cost borne by women in urban areas represents almost three quarters of the global direct cost of violence against women (74.2%).

In the context of conjugal violence, 21% of victims had to incur direct expenses following the most serious incidents of violence experienced during the 12 months preceding the survey. Expenditure incurred in return for the health care received represents 45.3% of the direct cost of domestic violence (737 MDH).

They are followed by expenses related to the use of legal and judicial services with 25% (406.8 MDH), accommodation following abandonment of the home with 18% (293.1 MDH), replacement and repair damaged goods with 11.3% (185 MDH) and, finally, recourse to the services of civil society with 0.5% (7.7 MDH).

The HCP also indicates that nearly 70% of the direct cost of physical and sexual violence against women (1.63 billion dirhams) is recorded in the marital context and 15% in public places (356 million dirhams (MDH)) and 13% in the family context (307 MDH).

In total, the total direct cost of violence is estimated at 2.3 billion dirhams for victims of physical and/or sexual violence who incurred expenses (20%) following all of the most serious incidents of violence suffered. in the 12 months preceding the survey.

The expenses incurred to access health services represent 42.3% of the direct cost (986 MDH). In second place come expenses related to the use of legal and judicial services (25.8% or 600 MDH), followed by those related to the replacement or repair of damaged goods (17.9% or 417 MDH), accommodation following leaving home (13.5% or 314 MDH) and resorting to civil society services (0.5% or 11 MDH).

Regarding the indirect cost borne by 8% of the victims of this violence during the 12 months preceding the survey, it is estimated at 517 MDH (326 MDH in urban areas and 190.8 MDH in rural areas). Nearly 84% of the indirect costs are attributed to physical violence (434 MDH). The conjugal context represents 68% of the overall indirect cost, followed by public places (18%) and the family context (11%).

More than 55% (284 MDH) of the global indirect cost is due to the estimated cost of the days of lost domestic work, ie 281.2 MDH for women victims and 3.1 MDH for their spouses. Nearly 44% of this cost (227 MDH) is linked to the loss of remuneration following the absence from paid work of female victims (172 MDH) and their husbands (55 MDH). The cost of missed school days for victims and their children following incidents of violence against women represents only 1% of the total indirect cost (5.7 MDH).

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