Women in the Profession Program Reports on Domestic Violence during the Pandemic

November 2020

The Vance Center and international law firm Paul Hastings produced the report “A New COVID-19 Crisis: Domestic Abuse Rising in Latin America”, assessing how Latin America governments and civil society have addressed the increase in domestic violence amidst the pandemic lockdown.

To produce the report, the Vance Center enlisted the Women in the Profession chapters in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay to respond to a questionnaire on their countries’ responses to domestic violence during the pandemic.

The questions focused on: 1) published data regarding the increase of domestic violence; 2) any changes in official and civil society responses to domestic violence: 3) restrictions on the operation of courts during the pandemic: 4) legal and other challenges that affected how government agencies and NGOs can assist domestic violence victims; and 5) suggestions for additional measures that government and civil society can take to assist domestic violence victims.

Read the full report here.


In its series of fireside chats, the Vance Center, along with the Pro Bono Network of the Americas, convened a discussion on domestic violence in Latin America during the pandemic, building on the Paul Hastings-assisted study. Vance Center Director of Pro Bono Partnerships Jorge Escobedo moderated the discussion, featuring Vance Center Committee Member Veronica Rodriguez of Paul Hastings, as well as panelists from Women in the Profession chapters: Mexico’s Abogadas MX and WIP Chile as well as Fundamorgan, a WIP Network affiliated foundation in Panama focusing on gender-based violence.

You can view the discussion here.