The Impact of the Coronavirus Lockdown on Domestic Violence

Justin McCrary, Sarath Sanga*

*Corresponding author for this work

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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%. Domestic violence increased 12% on average and 20% during working hours. Using neighborhood-level identifiers, we show that the rate of first-time abuse likely increased even more: 16% on average and 23% during working hours. Our results contribute to an urgent need to quantify the physical and psychological burdens of prolonged lockdown policies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-163
Number of pages27
JournalAmerican Law and Economics Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Law


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