Wednesday, October 19, 2005
SANTIAGO. The creation of family courts in Chile has sparked an avalanche of reports of domestic violence. In the first seven working days of the 60 family courts that opened throughout Chile, a total of 6,288 claims were filed, involving 6,765 charges. Of the claims, more than 20 percent involved domestic abuse. "In my opinion, a new page has been turned for families, and especially for women. This is the beginning of a new chapter of swifter, more humanised justice," National Women's Service Minister Cecilia Pérez told the Inter Press Service News Agency. Source: Carolina Avendaño, Inter Press Service News Agency, ispnews.net. Click here for link to the source for more complete information (last visited October 19, 2005, reo).