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When “Stay at Home” Can Be Dangerous: Data on Domestic Violence in Italy during COVID-19 Lockdown

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Department of Dynamic, Clinical Psychology and Health, Sapienza University of Rome, 00185 Rome, Italy
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Department of Psychology, Sapienza University of Rome, 00185 Rome, Italy
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Department of Human Neuroscience, Sapienza University of Rome, Viale dell’Università 30, 00185 Rome, Italy
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Department of Medical Surgical Science and Translational Medicine, Sapienza University of Rome, 00189 Rome, Italy
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Academic Editors: Carmela Mento, Spatari Giovanna, Maria Rosaria Anna Muscatello and Paul B. Tchounwou
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(17), 8948; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18178948
Received: 29 July 2021 / Revised: 15 August 2021 / Accepted: 21 August 2021 / Published: 25 August 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Aggressive and Violent Behavior during Covid-19)
The global pandemic caused by a new strain of Coronavirus has brought the Italian government to adopt quarantine, isolation, and lockdown strategies as restrictive measures to reduce the virus spread. Being forced to stay at home could significantly increase the likelihood of episodes of home-based violence and could also be accompanied by a limited possibility of complaints or defense by the victim. The present study aimed to document, through the use of newspaper articles, the characteristics of domestic violence during the lockdown period related to COVID-19 in Italy (from 9 March 2020 up to 18 May 2020) and compare the results with the same period in 2019. The results showed an increase in domestic violence during the lockdown period compared to the same period the year before and highlighted the differences between the dynamics and violent behavior between the two periods examined. The results and limitations of this research are discussed with reference to the literature. View Full-Text
Keywords: quarantine; domestic abuse; coronavirus; gender-based violence; Italian context quarantine; domestic abuse; coronavirus; gender-based violence; Italian context
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Barchielli, B.; Baldi, M.; Paoli, E.; Roma, P.; Ferracuti, S.; Napoli, C.; Giannini, A.M.; Lausi, G. When “Stay at Home” Can Be Dangerous: Data on Domestic Violence in Italy during COVID-19 Lockdown. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 8948. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18178948

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Barchielli B, Baldi M, Paoli E, Roma P, Ferracuti S, Napoli C, Giannini AM, Lausi G. When “Stay at Home” Can Be Dangerous: Data on Domestic Violence in Italy during COVID-19 Lockdown. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(17):8948. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18178948

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Barchielli, Benedetta, Michela Baldi, Elena Paoli, Paolo Roma, Stefano Ferracuti, Christian Napoli, Anna M. Giannini, and Giulia Lausi. 2021. "When “Stay at Home” Can Be Dangerous: Data on Domestic Violence in Italy during COVID-19 Lockdown" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 17: 8948. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18178948

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