Domestic Violence is a grave setback in Chile. 50 percent of married women have suffered domestic violence in the form of spousal abuse in Chile. The highest rate of domestic violence is reported from rural areas. One of the reasons is that in rural areas the levels of drug abuse and alcohol abuse are high compared to the urban areas.
While more and more women are coming forward to report about domestic violence that they suffer at the hands of their partners however, there are still a huge numbers of Chilean women who are hesitant to report abuse for fear of their life. It has been reported that each week one women dies owing to domestic violence. Further research has confirmed that due to domestic violence 4 out of 10 women suffer from psychological imbalances. In addition, women in the age group of 25 to 32 years have been kicked, dragged or have been beaten many times in their life. Also another distressing fact is that out of 10 reported cases 7 to 8 cases was such that the women were forced to have sex against their will.
Lack of economic resources and education pose a severe threat to the women folk as it entail segregation from the society. And while many they become isolated from the society it becomes difficult to get assistance for them. Their problems are further intensified when their children are used for control and blackmailing. The women also become economically dependent on the abusers. The long term consequences of this kind of abuses are devastating. It results in lower self-esteem of the women all the while shrinking the strength which they require to change their lifestyle.