India has one of the most progressive sets of laws for the protection of women from domestic violence. The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence (POWDV) Act was passed in 2015 with the goal of restoring women to equal standing in their own homes.
Prior to the POWDV Act there was no legal definition and no legal protection from domestic violence in India. The enactment of the law is a huge step forward and milestone for both the judiciary and the women’s rights movement. The Act includes in its definition of violence verbal, emotional, economic and sexual abuse, and offers free legal service to such victims.
This page offers a simplified summary of key aspects of The Act. If you would like a thorough or academic insight into The Act, we recommend reading the publications of Lawyers Collective run by the primary proponent of The Act’s writing and implementation, Indiria Jaising. A great place to start is the Lawyers Collective’s piece on “Frequently Asked Questions on the POWDV Act”.
(Includes physical abuse, sexual abuse, verbal and emotional abuse, economic abuse)
PeaceMakers receive thorough training on The Act so they can explain to a survivor of domestic abuse that not only is the abuse they are facing morally wrong, but it is also illegal. Our PeaceMakers are trained in how to implement the provisions of The Act, for example, submitting a Protection Order to a Protection Officer. Operation PeaceMaker Counselling Centres have all the infrastructure in place to support our PeaceMakers in their execution of any of the above legal actions when necessary.
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