Lawmakers have approved on the initial reading a law that penalizes as felonies or delitos mistreatment and emotional violence against women. The actions are now contravenciones or misdemeanors.
The purpose of the proposed law is to provide more protection to women.
This is a controversial measure that has been rejected once by the Sala IV constitutional court because it only protects women and not men from the same offense.
The category of emotional distress could be yelling at a spouse or a companion.
A report from the legislature said that 43 or 45 legislators present voted for the law, which must be approved one more time before it goes to the president for her signature.