Saturday, September 24, 2005
After seven years of debate the Chilean Congress approved the new Intrafamily Violence Law Sept. 7, which classifies domestic violence as "all ill treatment that affects physical or mental health" of any family member. The law, which will take effect in October, allows for prison sentences of between 61 and 540 days for those found guilty of habitual abuse — either physical or psychological — of a family member. Additionally, the law allows for a 10 to 15-year prison sentence as punishment for abuse that causes severe injuries. By: Noticias Aliadas, LatinAmerica.org. Please click here for complete story (last visited September 24, 2005, REO).