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Hang Up on Stereotypes: Domestic Violence and Anti-Abuse Helpline Campaign

M. Colagrossi, C. Deiana, Andrea Geraci () and Ludovica Giua

Health, Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG) Working Papers from HEDG, c/o Department of Economics, University of York

Abstract: We estimate the consequences of a Government-led anti-domestic-abuse campaign launched in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic on the number of calls to the Italian domestic violence helpline. In the week after the start of the campaign, we document a sharp increase in the number of calls. By exploiting geographical variation in the exposure to the campaign ads aired on public TV networks, we find that higher exposure is associated with an increase in the number of calls during the weeks after the launch of the campaign. Moreover, the effectiveness of the media campaign is hindered in areas where gender stereotypes are stronger, even when differentials in income and violence are accounted for. More efforts to break down gender stereotypes are needed to successfully increase domestic violence reporting.

Keywords: Domestic violence; Welfare policy; Gender stereotypes; Covid-19 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I18 I38 J12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021-02
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