The Impact of the Coronavirus Lockdown on Domestic Violence

39 Pages Posted: 28 May 2020

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Sarath Sanga

Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law

Justin McCrary

Columbia University - Law School; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: May 28, 2020

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Sanga, Sarath and McCrary, Justin, The Impact of the Coronavirus Lockdown on Domestic Violence (May 28, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3612491 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3612491

Sarath Sanga (Contact Author)

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Justin McCrary

Columbia University - Law School ( email )

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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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