Year Published: 2014

Authors: Bafana Khumalo, Sisonke Msimang and Katie Bollbach

Publisher: KPMG Human and Social Services

Suggested Citation: Khumalo B, Msimang S & Bollbach K (2014) Too costly to ignore - the economic impact of gender-based violence in South Africa. Johannesburg: KPMG Human and Social Services


Gender-based violence (GBV) is a significant issue in South African society. Not only does it have devastating private and social effects, but it also has a sizeable economic impact. This study explores the concept of applying a monetary value to this impact; reviews some of the international studies which do this; and then presents a partial costing exercise, based on limited data and desktop research, for the South African case. Although the study is not able to postulate a comprehensive account of the costs, we are able to deduce, with some certainty, a minimum cost of GBV to the South African economy.