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Yale Law School

2003

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The Other Violence: Domestic Penal Power Over Children In Chilean Law, Jaime Couso Jan 2003

The Other Violence: Domestic Penal Power Over Children In Chilean Law, Jaime Couso

SELA (Seminario en Latinoamérica de Teoría Constitucional y Política) Papers

The aim of this essay is to examine the relationship between violence and the law in domestic life, and in particular violence exercised on children. The starting-point is an institution of republican family law in the 19th century, which goes back to colonial times, and which I have chosen to call “penal domestic power” over children, which represents a form of legalized domestic violence. It consists of the faculty of the father to punish his son physically, and when that was not enough, to imprison him, for which he could count on help from the public authority.