Domestic Violence During a Global Pandemic: Lockdown Policies and Their Impacts Across Guatemala

Laura Iesue, Felicia O. Casanova, Alex R. Piquero

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This study uses official data from Guatemala’s Departamento de Atencion a la Victima (Victim Attention Department), a specialized unit in Guatemala’s National Civil Police, to assess the long-term impacts of a government mandated lockdown and reopening on domestic violence. It also considers how the lockdown and reopening impacted domestic violence across administrative departments in the country. Our findings suggest that combined, daily cases of domestic violence were already decreasing prior to the pandemic lockdown and that both the shutdown and the reopening altered the patterning of domestic violence, first to increase domestic violence and then to decrease it, respectively. When assessing this trend across departments, not every department exhibited the same, national-level trend, but instead domestic violence trends varied. This study provides a starting point in analyzing long-term pandemic-related policy responses and their impacts on domestic violence in international contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)589-614
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Contemporary Criminal Justice
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • COVID-19
  • domestic violence
  • Guatemala
  • interrupted time series analysis

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