The Impact of the Coronavirus Lockdown on Domestic Violence

27 Pages Posted: 28 May 2020 Last revised: 27 Jul 2021

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Justin McCrary

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

Sarath Sanga

Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law

Date Written: June 2, 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

McCrary, Justin and Sanga, Sarath, The Impact of the Coronavirus Lockdown on Domestic Violence (June 2, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3612491 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3612491

Justin McCrary

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Sarath Sanga (Contact Author)

Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law ( email )

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