The Handbook on Law of Domestic Violence is an attempt to provide a tool towards uniform and proactive implementation of the Act to ensure that the promise and goal of promoting and fulfilling women’s human rights is upheld. The Handbook will not only act as a comprehensive guide with regard to the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005 (PWDVA) and collate the best practices that have emerged from domestic and international experiences, but it will provide an overview of the entire gamut of laws, procedures, and the jurisprudence that impact on a case of domestic violence. The idea is to provide a ‘one stop’ tool, which can be used for reference by members of the judiciary in any context, in dealing with a case of domestic violence. Although the Handbook is intended primarily for members of the judiciary, it is also an important reference guide for legal academicians, lawyers, and relevant authorities. The practice of evolving Handbook and guidelines to assist the courts and implementing authorities in dealing with cases of domestic violence is well developed internationally. The “Handbook on Domestic Violence” has been inspired by the rich practice and framework of the existing international manuals but is based on the experiences of the Indian legal system and the particular needs of women facing domestic violence in India. The Handbook has been divided into parts in order to ensure structural clarity. While the first part addresses the substantive and procedural issues and concerns that have been raised under the PWDVA and the role of concerned implementing agencies, the remaining parts briefly deal with other Indian laws impacting on domestic violence and the jurisprudence relating to domestic violence in countries which have set standards in developing and implementing laws on domestic violence. Because of the benefit of active involvement in the process of drafting of the PWDVA 2005, the commentary on the law reflects the intention and spirit of the legislation. The message of the Handbook is a zero tolerance level for domestic violence.
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