At the same time that thousands were marching to protest violence against women, a 36-year-old woman was raped and murdered by her husband across town.
This ironic tragedy on November 25, 2004, highlights the pressing issue of domestic violence that has only recently gained visibility in Chile. According to the National Service for Women in Chile, at least 70 women per year die in Chile at the hands of their spouses. According to the Inter-American Development Bank, almost 60 percent of women who live with their partners suffer some sort of violence.
To counter this injustice, the Chilean Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence provides community education on violence against women. This network of 35 groups links prominent women's rights organizations from seven of Chile's 13 regions.
The network monitors and publicizes the state's domestic violence legislation and participates in the Inter-ministerial Commission on Domestic Violence in order to include a gender perspective in state programs and actions to combat intra-family violence.
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