Chicago's domestic violence post COVID-19: A GIS visualization

Authors: Maria Sol Ramirez Senz*, Oklahoma State University
Topics: Temporal GIS, Behavioral Geography, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: gis, covid19, behavior, temporal, violence, family
Session Type: Virtual Guided Poster
Day: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 1:30 PM / 2:45 PM
Room: Virtual 53
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During 2020, cities lockdowns, and public officials’ recommendations for society to keep social distance and stay at home were common in order to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. It is undeniable that staying at home is necessary as a preventive measure to contain a global pandemic of such extend. The social dynamics of families during a lockdown vary from case to case, but those individuals vulnerable to violent interactions at home may be at high risk when induced lockdowns forces them to share more time with their perpetrators. We aim to explore spatial-temporal variations of geographic patterns in the distribution of cases of domestic violence in Chicago, Illinois before and after the first 2020 lockdown of the city. Using GIS mapping techniques, we analyzed public records from Chicago's police department in 2020 in order to explore potential associations between in place lockdown and changes in the number and locations of cases of reported domestic violence in the city. We conclude that social violent interactions in private spaces need special attention during extraordinary times like these.

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