Venezuela's Domestic Violence Levels Almost As Bad As Russia'sJessica G.7/21/08 3:00pmFiled to: Domestic AbuseVenezuelaHugo Chavezdomestic disturbancesDomestic disturbances26EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkRemember last week's story about Russia's alarming level of domestic abuse? Well Venezuela's situation is not much better, despite a promise from President Hugo Chavez in March, 2007 to ameliorate the incidence of such crimes. A woman dies from domestic violence once an hour in Russia, while every 15 minutes in Venezuela, a woman is attacked. According to a report released last week by Amnesty International, the March 2007 law "defines violence against women as a human rights violation and reaffirms the responsibility of the state and its officials to eradicate it," which one ups Russia, where violence against women is still not a crime. However, Chavez vowed to open more women's shelters, and has not made good on his promise. There are currently only 2 operating shelters in the entirety of Venezuela, a country of approximately 27 million.