Chile has undertaken several commitments to ending violence against women, including: co-sponsoring Res 61/143, on the "Intensification of efforts to eliminate all forms of violence against women"; co-sponsoring Res 62/134 on the "Elimination of violence and other forms of sexual violence in all their manifestations, including in conflict and similar situations." It is also a founding member of the Friends of Security Council Resolution 1325 ("Women, Peace and Security") and Friends to End Violence against Women, led by France and the Netherlands.
According to data from Servicio Nacional de la Mujer
(SERNAM), there were 55 femicide cases in 2009, 48 in 2010 and 40 in 2011.
That year Chile passed the Femicide law
modifying the Penal Code’s provision on parricide and adding the definition of femicide as the violent death of a woman by the current or former partner.
is addressed by the 2005 Intra-Family Violence Law 20066.
Under Article 5 of this law, domestic violence is defined as any sort of abuse affecting the life or integrity (mental or physical) of anyone who is or was the spouse of the perpetrator, or who cohabitated with the perpetrator. The offense is aggravated when the victim is a minor or a person with disabilities.
Mechanisms to recognise and help prosecute domestic violence crimes have been set in place. For example, in 2005, Law 20066 set state standards regarding the prevention, protection and punishment of domestic violence and enabled SERNAM to sponsor lawsuits for these crimes.
In 2008, a health policy on gender violence was instituted requiring that all health care providers, regardless of their position, must be aware of domestic violence in the health care context, even when care is not requested for this purpose.
According to the last available report on Chile’s progress toward the Beijing Platform for Action goals, a Prevention and Protection Programme on Violence against Women was put in place by the government in 2008, entailing three components: 1) prevention (aimed at social and cultural contributors to violence), 2) attention (creating centres to deliver legal, social, and psychological support for women victims of violence) and 3) prevention (providing temporary protection for women who are in life-threatening situations of domestic violence).
As of 2009, there were approximately 25 Centres for Women throughout the country, which aimed to increase the prevention strategy through socio-educational training and through strengthening community networks around the subject.
Similarly to what was done for raising awareness about sexual harassment, the Library for the National Congress of Chile offers audio- and video-guides explain in simple terms the laws and the mechanisms available for victims of domestic violence. Dramatisations of domestic violence scenarios are also diffused on the radio.
Data show that domestic violence is a problem affecting over 50% of women living in Chile. According to 2008 data from National Women’s Service (SERNAM), 35.7% of women between the ages of 15 and 59 had suffered some sort of abuse from their partners (37% suffered psychological violence, 24.6% minor physical violence, 15% serious physical violence and 15.6% sexual violence).
Law 19617 of 1999 modified the Penal Code by addressing sexual offences. The word “women” was replaced by “person”
within a marriage or a de facto union was recognised
and provisions were made for aggravated crime when the victim is younger than 12, has a disability or is in a vulnerable situation.
These reforms were underway during Chile’s last report to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), so there is little information on how this law has been implemented in practice, on any increase in reporting of rape, or on rape conviction rates. A report on the prevalence of rape in Chile, conducted by the Ministry of Health in 2000, found that more than 7 of every 100 women reported being raped, with most women (78%) stating that their attackers were known to them.
A study on sexual violence in marital relations, conducted by the NGO Educacion Popular en Salud
in 2001, found that 21.4% of women experiencing sexual violence did so at the hands of a male partner. 
The National Public Ministry has a Special Unit on Violent Sexual Crimes, which appoints prosecutors who routinely receive training on sexual violence. In its latest report on the Beijing Platform for Action (2009), Chile counted 157 such prosecutors country-wide.
Passed in March 2005, Law 20005 penalises sexual harassment
in the workplace and allows the Labour Department to take safeguard measures in response to written complaints by employees. Under Article 1.A of the law, sexual harassment is defined as inappropriate requests and behaviours of a sexual nature, without the consent of the other party, that impair his or her work situation and future professional opportunities. The law also established sexual harassment as grounds for dismissal of the perpetrator without right to compensation.
Additionally, it requires employers with over ten employees to adopt procedures for lodging and processing sexual harassment complaints.
In 2004, sexual harassment affected 20% of women in Chile.
During 2009, the Inspection Service of the Ministry of Labour received 195 reports of sexual harassment.
In terms of awareness-raising programmes, the Library for the National Congress of Chile offers online audio-guides, and video-guides for the hearing-impaired, that explain in simple terms the provisions established by the laws and the mechanisms available for victims of sexual harassment. They also diffuse information about the law over the radio through dramatisations of sexual harassment scenarios.
There is no known practice of female genital mutilation in Chile.
Chilean law also recognises other specific forms of violence that affect women’s physical integrity. Law 20358 (2009) typifies sexual violence in armed conflict as a crime against humanity.
Moreover, Chile reported to the Organization of American States that training on gender and peacekeeping is being conducted as part of its compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.
According to the NGO Movilh, violence against lesbians and transsexual women occurs in Chile.
For example, in their 2011 study, 75% of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people reported being discriminated against, and 77.8% reported assaults.
in Chile is illegal. In 2005, laws on abortion were amended to remove all grounds on which abortion might be performed legally (cases of rape or incest, health of the mother or foetus) and, in 2012, the Senate rejected three bills that would have eased the ban.
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