CIPER Features Article on Preliminary Research Findings by Sonia Bhalotra and Co-authors on Domestic Violence in Chile During Lockdown

On 9 March 2021 Centro de Investigación Periodística (CIPER) published an article on its website regarding a preliminary study by the Millennium Institute for the Study of Market Imperfections and Public Policies (MIPP) concerning initial data on reported occurrences of domestic violence in Chile during the 2020 lockdown.

The study analysed the number of calls to Fono Familia # 149 of the Carabineros, the number of victims who entered the shelters of the National Service for Women and Gender Equality (SernamEG) and formal complaints made to the police. All the records analysed corresponded to the period January-September of last year.

According to the report, carried out by Sonia Bhalotra and co-authors Emilia Brito, Damian Clarke, Pilar Larroulet and Francisco Pino – in the period studied, calls to the Fono Familia de Carabineros increased by 43.8% compared to the previous year at the national level, with a total of 24,806 calls asking for help for domestic violence. However, it was found that the increase in calls for help was much greater when only the 14 communes in which quarantine was effectively applied were analysed. The “base line” at the national level is five calls per 100,000 inhabitants, but in these communes there were 12.7 calls per 100,000 inhabitants (7.7 above the “base line).

A link to the full article on CIPER’s website can be found here.