HealthDay Reports: Domestic Violence May Have Risen Under Stay-at-Home Rules
A new study found that Los Angeles and Indianapolis had statistically significant upticks in domestic violence calls after stay-at-home policies went into effect.
WEDNESDAY, June 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Domestic violence cases rose after Los Angeles and Indianapolis introduced stay-at-home rules to help stop the spread of COVID-19, researchers say.
"Shelter-in-place rules, by mandating more time at home, are very likely to increase the volume of domestic or intimate partner violence, which thrives behind closed doors," said senior author Jeffrey Brantingham, a professor of anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Los Angeles implemented stay-at-home rules March 20; Indianapolis did so March 24. Both cities ordered schools, restaurants and bars to close March 16.