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Alison Snow Jones

This issue of Family Violence Prevention and Health Practice is devoted to economic aspects of intimate partner violence (IPV). This is an important topic because IPV represents very real monetary costs, not just for victims and their children, but for society. IPV annual costs in the United States have been estimated at $8 billion (in 2003 dollars) with 70% of these costs attributed to physical violence.
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Issue 5, June 2007
Health Care Costs of Intimate Partner Violence

Measuring and addressing the burden of disease associated with intimate partner violence in Victoria, Australia
By Vos T, PhD MSc; Astbury J, PhD; Piers L S, MBBS, MD, PhD, MPH; Magnus A, BEc. Ed. G.; Heenan M, PhD; Walker L, MSW; Webster K, BSW

This article reports an Australian study designed to assess the prevalence and health consequences of intimate partner violence and its contribution to total disease and disability burden in women. Finding that this form of violence contributes a burden greater than any other risk factor included in contemporary burden of disease measures, the need for a greater emphasis on primary prevention is proposed.
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Cost-Effective Analysis: What You Always Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask
By Richard Norman BA MSc; Anne Spencer BA MSc PhD; Gene Feder BSc MB BS MD

As society's investment in health care increases, appropriate and transparent decision-making by policy makers becomes increasingly important. Cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA), part of the discipline of health economics, plays a crucial role in helping decision-makers allocate scarce funds efficiently, to health interventions that yield the most improvement in outcome for the least amount of expenditure. This paper outlines some key points for health care professionals and others when interpreting the results of cost-effectiveness analyses.
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