Intimate partner violence and help-seeking: The role of femicide news

Quaderni - Working Paper DSE N° 1169

33 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2022

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Marco Colagrossi

European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC)

Claudio Deiana

University of Cagliari - Department of Economics; University of Essex - Department of Economics; Universita di Cagliari - Centre for North South Economic Research (CRENOS)

Davide Dragone

University of Bologna - Department of Economics

Andrea Geraci

European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC)

Ludovica Giua

Universita di Cagliari - Department of Economic and Social Sciences; University of Essex - Department of Economics

Elisa Iori

University of Bologna - Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences

Date Written: January 2022

Abstract

Exploiting high-frequency data from the Italian anti-violence helpline and a unique geolocalized dataset on killings of women, we show that the news coverage of a femicide triggers an increase in calls to the helpline. The effect is detectable in the week following the news and in the province where the femicide has occurred. These findings are consistent with a model in which the news of a femicide increase expectations about future intimate partner violence in case no call is made.

Keywords: Gender-based violence, Helpline, Intimate partner violence, Physical violence, Psychological violence, Sexual violence

JEL Classification: I18, I38, J12

Suggested Citation

Colagrossi, Marco and Deiana, Claudio and Dragone, Davide and Geraci, Andrea and Giua, Ludovica and Iori, Elisa, Intimate partner violence and help-seeking: The role of femicide news (January 2022). Quaderni - Working Paper DSE N° 1169, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4005008 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4005008

Marco Colagrossi (Contact Author)

European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) ( email )

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Claudio Deiana

University of Cagliari - Department of Economics ( email )

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Italy

University of Essex - Department of Economics ( email )

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Universita di Cagliari - Centre for North South Economic Research (CRENOS) ( email )

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Davide Dragone

University of Bologna - Department of Economics ( email )

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Andrea Geraci

European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) ( email )

Ludovica Giua

Universita di Cagliari - Department of Economic and Social Sciences ( email )

V. S. Ignazio 17
Cagliari 09123, CA 09123
Italy

University of Essex - Department of Economics ( email )

Wivenhoe Park
Colchester CO4 3SQ
United Kingdom

Elisa Iori

University of Bologna - Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences ( email )

Viale Fanin 50
Bologna, 40127
Italy

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