Latin America: gender violence growth during the COVID-19 pandemic

In late March of 2020, many governments in Latin America imposed lockdowns in order to avoid the further spread of the virus SARS-CoV-2. As a result of the isolation, a steep rise of gender violence and family abuse cases was identified in several countries in the region. For instance, Colombia's domestic violence helpline registered a growth of 130 percent in phone calls during the first 18 days of quarantine. In Argentina, a similar hotline for sexual violence victims received more than two thirds more phone calls in April 2020, compared to a year earlier. Argentina is one of the Latin American countries with the highest number of femicide victims.

Growth of domestic violence and sexual abuse reports during the COVID-19 lockdown in selected Latin American countries as of April 2020

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Release date

April 2020


Central and South America, Mexico

Survey time period

March and April 2020

Supplementary notes

Various sources include national and municipal agencies as well as non-governmental organizations.

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