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An Online Resource Library on Gender-Based Violence.

Making the Case for Domestic Violence Prevention Through the Lens of Cost-Benefit: A Manual for Domestic Violence Prevention Practitioners

General Material
Training Tools
Published Date
June, 2006

More than ever, domestic violence prevention programs are being asked:

  • Is this program a good investment of public and private funds?
  • Can this program describe how the money is spent and how the funds have led to specific results?
  • Can this program's costs be justified?

This online manual helps to address these questions, providing a step-by-step approach to understanding how cost-benefit thinking can be applied to domestic violence prevention. No special knowledge of mathematics, economics, or evaluation is necessary. Each chapter offers an overview, definition and discussion of relevant terms, statistics and examples, and user-friendly worksheets. Readers are guided through a clear process to create a case statement for their own prevention programs using a cost-benefit lens.

By using this manual, you will: 1)Deepen your understanding of the social and economic benefits of domestic violence prevention programs, with a focus on primary prevention; 2) Learn about the social and economic costs of domestic violence; 3) Increase your understanding of cost-benefit terms and approaches; 4) Learn ways to describe your prevention program and its impact using a cost-benefit lens; and 5) Gain tools to strengthen and justify your prevention program in order to obtain funding and support.