Covid-19 Has Strengthened the Relationship between Alcohol Consumption and Domestic Violence

28 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2021 Last revised: 9 Dec 2021

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Aaron Chalfin

University of Pennsylvania - Department of Criminology

Shooshan Danagoulian

Wayne State University - Department of Economics

Monica Deza

City University of New York (CUNY)

Date Written: March 2021

Abstract

A large body of evidence documents a link between alcohol consumption and violence involving intimate partners and close family members. Recent scholarship suggests that since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent stay-at-home orders, there has been a marked increase in domestic violence. This research considers an important mechanism behind the increase in domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic: an increase in the riskiness of alcohol consumption. We combine 911 call data with newly-available high-resolution microdata on visits to bars and liquor stores in Detroit, MI and find that the strength of the relationship between visits to alcohol outlets and domestic violence more than doubles starting in March 2020. We find more limited evidence with respect to non-domestic assaults, supporting our conclusion that it is not alcohol consumption per se but alcohol consumption at home that is a principal driver of domestic violence

Suggested Citation

Chalfin, Aaron and Danagoulian, Shooshan and Deza, Monica, Covid-19 Has Strengthened the Relationship between Alcohol Consumption and Domestic Violence (March 2021). NBER Working Paper No. w28523, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3799814

Aaron Chalfin (Contact Author)

University of Pennsylvania - Department of Criminology ( email )

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Shooshan Danagoulian

Wayne State University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Detroit, MI 48202
United States

Monica Deza

City University of New York (CUNY) ( email )

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New York, NY 10021
United States

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