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Reduce domestic violence, and it will unleash an economic bonanza worth thousands of crores

Indian states would enjoy an economic boon worth thousands of crores of rupees if they reduce domestic violence, brand new research reveals.

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The Global Cost of Domestic Violence

Like many countries, India’s gender inequalities are deeply entrenched. Yet, given the sheer size of its population, any meaningful reduction in domestic violence could transform millions of lives for generations to come.

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Crime and Violence

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Crime and Violence

A new research paper by Srinivas Raghavendra, Mrinal Chadha, and Nata Duvvury of the National University of Ireland Galway helps close gaps in the evidence related to interventions aimed at reducing domestic violence.  Domestic violence in Andhra Pradesh costs the state an estimated 1.8% of GSDP, or INR 13,000 crore per year.

The study looks at two interventions with a strong track record internationally. The first is based on the SASA! project, a community mobilisation intervention seeking to change the norms and behaviours that result in gender inequality and violence, pioneered in Uganda and used in more than 20 countries. The second intervention, used in South Africa, combines microfinance with training about domestic violence, gender norms and sexuality, thus providing women with the means and knowledge to improve their well-being.

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Ranking Solutions in Terms of Social Value for Money

Learn how the interventions to improve crime and violence in Andhra Pradesh compare to policy options across other social sectors in terms of social, economic and environmental benefits per rupee spent.

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