COVID-19 Lockdowns Caused Massive Spike in Domestic Violence Complaints, New Study Finds – Foundation for Economic Education

he unintended consequences of the COVID-19 lockdowns have been severe: mass unemployment, increased drug overdoses and suicides, and widespread social unrest are but a few of them.

On Monday, the National Bureau of Economic Research released a paper detailing another: increased domestic violence.

Analyzing government-mandated lockdowns in India, researchers Saravana Ravindran and Manisha Shah found evidence of a 131 percent increase in complaints of domestic violence in May 2020 in “red zone districts,” or districts that experienced the strictest lockdown measures, relative to districts that had less strict measures (“green zones”).

COVID-19 Lockdowns Caused Massive Spike in Domestic Violence Complaints, New Study Finds – Foundation for Economic Education