Treating the consequences of violence in Scotland cost an estimated £400 million per year – and that’s just NHS health costs.
- A serious assault is estimated to cost the justice system £19,000 each time.
- A murder is estimated to cost £1.3million per incidence to the criminal justice system.
- A person arrested for a serious charge such as attempted murder or murder would cost an expected £385 per day in police custody.
- A high court trial, with a jury and ‘not guilty’ plea from the accused, would cost an estimated £95,372 per trial.
- An estimated £37,000 is spent annually on imprisoning a single convicted person.
The overall costs for a high court trial and 25-year imprisonment for a person convicted of murder would pass a staggering £1million.
- An ambulance call-out costs an average £244.
- Attendance in an A&E department costs on average £190.
- A hospital admission would cost an average of £569 per day.
- Life-saving surgery is estimated to cost an average of £3,138 for each surgery needed.
Longer term costs are much harder to estimate – victims of violence often require long-term support with physical symptoms from their injuries, or psychological support to help them live with the stressors and traumas of events they have been subjected to.