Domestic Violence Act

Domestic Violence Act 2005 is an act of the Parliament of India enacted to guard women from domestic violence. It was brought into an action by Indian Government and Ministry of Women and Child Development on 26 October 2006. It includes other forms of violence such as emotional, sexual and economic abuse. It is a civil law meant for protection orders, rather than criminal enforcement.

Domestic violence means to cause hurt, injury or danger to life of a human being. Physical abuse includes hurt of any kind. For example, assault and criminal force. Sexual abuse means to forcibly use woman to entertain others or forced sexual intercourse and other acts of sexual nature.

Verbal abuse means an accusation on character or conduct. For example, insult for not bringing dowry, insult for not giving birth to a male child, etc.

Economic abuse means not providing money for maintaining woman or her children. For example, not providing food, clothes, medicines, etc., forcing woman out of the house, etc.
The aggrieved person is defined as any woman who is, or has been, in a domestic relationship with the culprit and who alleges to have been subjected to domestic violence by culprit. This protects women from violence with their relationships by marriage, by blood, by adoption or live-in relationships.
According to Section 3, any act of respondent is a domestic violence in the following situations:
1. Harms or injuries and includes physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and economic abuse.
2. Harasses or harms the person to meet any unlawful demand for dowry or other property.
3. Has the effect of threatening the person.
Options of aggrieved person
1. Apply for protection order, custody or compensation order.
2. Free legal services
3. File a complaint
Shelter homes
A Protection Officer request this shelter on behalf of the aggrieved person.
Medical Facilities
It provides free medical aid no matter if there is a recommendation from Protection Officer or not.
Lack of awareness of the law, accessibility and awareness of services, types of relief and legal rights, prevents proper implementation of the law. It results in duties pertaining to the Act. Another barrier which prevents proper implementation is lack of meaningful immediate relief for survivors of domestic violence, for example, medical aid, short stay homes, or economic or material assistance.
Implementation also depends upon slow-moving social acceptability of reporting these cases.
Any woman who alleges to have been subjected to any act of domestic violence can file a complaint on her behalf. Mother of a child who has been subjected to any kind of domestic violence can also file a complaint on her behalf.

The essence of the act is to supply a fast, easy and affordable civil remedy in the form of a protection order for incidences of stalking.

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