THE cost of domestic violence to the Isle of Wight economy could be more than £30 million a year according to a new report.
Despite the financial — as well as social — impact however, there has been a disappointing lack of funding, according to Ian Anderson, chairman of the Isle of Wight Strategic Domestic Abuse Forum.
Mr Anderson said in the forum’s 2012/13 report: "Modelling undertaken nearly four years ago suggested domestic abuse probably cost the Island economy £30 million a year.
"If that work were to be updated now, the figure would almost certainly be more.
"In the face of all this, it is disappointing so little resource is committed to the key elements of raising awareness, protecting victims and helping them take control of their lives and to be able to protect themselves and their dependants.
"In the three years I have been associated with the Island domestic abuse forum, the constant theme has been one of insufficient and, too often, time-limited funding."
Mr Anderson, who is leaving his role as director of community well-being and social care at the Isle of Wight Council, said there was some excellent work on the Island, including that of the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference, which helps protect those at risk.
He also welcomed investment from police and crime commissioner Simon Hayes.
The report is due to be discussed by the Isle of Wight Council health and wellbeing scrutiny panel on Wednesday.