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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Sources

Release date

April 2020

Region

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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