India has progressive laws for the protection of women from domestic violence. Our challenge is to provide awareness and help implement them.
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.
Against approaching the victim of domestic violence or persons related to her at places of stay and work
Against disposal / alienation of property of the victim of domestic violence
Protecting rights of the victim to stay in the shared house hold or
alternate accommodation to be arranged by her husband or male partner.
Towards expenses incurred as a consequence of domestic violence, which may include loss of earnings and the medical expenses.
Maintenance of the victim of domestic violence and the children (if they are with the victim).
For temporary custody of children to their mother in order to prevent emotional abuse and/ or blackmail.
For physical and mental injury and pain caused by domestic violence.
For loss of wages / employment suffered by victim as a consequence of domestic violence.
Interim / Ex Parte Order
To safe guard and protect the life and property of the victim of domestic violence and to stall the violence likely in the near future.
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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