The Impact of the Coronavirus Lockdown on Domestic Violence
27 Pages Posted: 28 May 2020 Last revised: 27 Jul 2021
Date Written: June 2, 2020
We use 911 call records and mobile device location data to study the impact of the coronavirus lockdown on domestic violence. The percent of people at home sharply increased at all hours, and nearly doubled during regular working hours, from 45 to 85 percent. Domestic violence increased 12 percent on average and 20 percent during working hours. Using neighborhood-level identifiers, we show that the rate of first-time abuse likely increased even more: 16 percent on average and 23 percent during working hours. Our results contribute to an urgent need to quantify the physical and psychological burdens of prolonged lockdown polices.
Keywords: Domestic violence, coronavirus lockdown
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