Recourse for a victim of Domestic Violence
By Team Legistify / 2016-04-05
Domestic violence is sadly a reality in Indian society, a truism. The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, enacted in 2005, aimed at protecting women from domestic violence.

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The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 , aimed at protecting women from abuse within the domestic environment. The definition of 'domestic violence' is well written and wide-ranging. It covers under its ambit physical, verbal, sexual, emotional, and economic abuse. It should be noted that it is a civil law meant primarily for protection orders and not to penalize criminally.

Important concepts in the Act.

  • 'Aggrieved person'- section 2(a) of the act defines an aggrieved person as any women who is or has been in a domestic relationship with the respondent and who alleges to have been subjected to any act of domestic abuse.
  • 'Domestic relationship'- the act defines  'domestic relationship' under section 2(f) which means a relationship between two persons who live or have, in past, lived with each other in a shared household.
  • 'Respondent'- according to section 2(q), respondent means any male person who is, or has been, in a domestic relationship with the aggrieved person.
  • ' Shared household'- section 2(s) defines shared household as the place where the aggrieved person lives or at stage has lived in a domestic relationship.

Who can file a report of domestic violence?

  • The victim of domestic violence herself can obviously make the compliment. A good family lawyer in India can be consulted to file a complaint against domestic violence.
  • Anyone who happens to believe that someone has been or is being subject to domestic violence can approach a protection officer.
Domestic violence is sadly a reality in Indian society, a truism. The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, enacted in 2005, aimed at protecting women from domestic violence.

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