The Act ensures a woman‟s right to reside in her matrimonial home. This Act has a special feature with specific provisions under law which provides protection to a woman to „live in violence free home‟. Though this Act has civil and criminal provisions, a woman victim can get immediate civil remedies within 60 days. Aggrieved women can file cases under this Act against any male adult perpetrator who is in domestic relationship with her. They can also include other relatives of the husband and male partner as respondents to seek remedies in their case.

Salient features of the Act:

  • Ensures Right to Residence under sec 17.
  • Ensures economic relief by recognising economic violence.
  • Recognises verbal and emotional violence.
  • Provides temporary custody of child.
  • Judgements within 60 days of filing of the case.
  • Multiple Judgements in a single case.
  • Cases can be filed under PWDV Act even if other cases are pending between parties.
  • Both petitioner and respondent can prefer Appeal.



Section 18 -- Protection Order

Section 19 -- Residence Order for residing at Matrimonial House

Section 20 -- Monetary Orders which includes maintenance for herself and her Children

Section 21 -- Temporary Custody of Children

Section 22 -- Compensation order for the damages caused to her



Under the Domestic Violence Act, 2005, Protection Officers have been appointed by the Government to help the aggrieved woman in filing the case against her husband or against any male adult person who has committed domestic violence and who is in domestic relationship with the petitioner. The Protection Officer facilitates the women to approach the court by providing legal aid and get appropriate relief from the courts concerned. Further, they execute the orders of the Court wherever necessary with the help of police. Options are also available to the aggrieved person to file the petition before the Judicial Magistrate Court or with the service provider or in the nearby police station.



Under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, service Providers are the members from notified Non Governmental Organizations They co-ordinate with all the stakeholders in getting justice and relief to the victims of domestic violence. The Service Providers help the aggrieved women in filing the Domestic Incident Report, provide accommodation in the short stay homes along with their children, counsel them and help the aggrieved to get medical treatment if necessary. They also impart them with vocational training to help them secure employment and sustainable income.  

Social Welfare

A social welfare system provides assistance to needy individuals and families.

The types and amount of welfare available to individuals and families vary depending on the country, state or region.

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Women Helpline Recruitment 2020 Application invited - last date 21/07/2020

Applications are called from eligible candidates for the post of Call Respondent, Women Helpline, functioning under the control of Commissionerate of Social Welfare, Panagal Malligai, Saidapet, Chennai-15. The education qualification is Bachelor in Social Work or Counseling Psychology or Psychology with minimum 1 year experience (or) Masters in Social Work or Counseling Psychology or Psychology and the age limit is 23 to 35 years (as on 01.04.2020). The post will be filled on contract basis. The application and other details are available in the Website The last date for submission of application by post or email ( is 21.07.2020 5.00PM. The appointment will be purely on merit and experience basis